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1 The Trial: Act 4, scene 1 The Merchant of Venice

2 Part 1: pages For each quotation, answer Who said it? What does it reveal about the character?

3 Lines 3-6 I am sorry for thee. Thou art come to answer A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch, Uncapable of pity, void and empty From any dram of mercy.

4 Lines So I can give no reason, nor I will not, More than a lodged hate and a certain loathing I bear Antonio, that I follow thus A losing suit against him. Are you answered?

5 Line 70 What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?

6 Lines You may as well do anything most hard As seek to soften that than which whats harder? His Jewish heart. Therefore I do beseech you Make no more offers, use no farther means, But with all brief and plain conveniency Let me have judgment and the Jew his will.

7 Lines , O, be thou damned, inexecrable dog, And for thy life let justice be accused; Thou almost makst me waver in my faith… For thy desires Are wolfish, bloody, starved, and ravenous.

8 Lines The quality of mercy* is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain fro heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. *Mercy = compassion or forgiveness shown to someone whom its within ones power to punish or harm.

9 Lines O wise and upright judge, How much more elder art thou than thy looks!

10 Lines Repent but you that you shall lose your friend And he repents not that he pays your debt. For if the Jew do cut but deep enough, Ill pay it instantly with all my heart.

11 Lines But life itself, my wife, and all the world Are not with me esteemed above thy life. I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all Here to this devil, to deliver you.

12 Lines I have a wife who I protest to love. I would she were in heaven, so she could Entreat some power to change this currish Jew.

13 Part 2: pages For the following quotations, 1.Who said it? 2.Paraphrase it in your own words. 3.Answer, why are the lines so important? What character trait does it reveal, or what important plot moment does it represent?

14 Lines This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood. The words expressly are a pound of flesh. Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh, But in the cutting it, if thou dost shed One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods Are by the laws of Venice confiscate Unto the state of Venice.

15 Lines He has refused it [the money] in the open court. He shall have merely justice and his bond.

16 Lines The party gainst the which he doth contrive Shall seize one half of his goods; the other half Comes to the privy coffer of the state, And the offenders life lies in the mercy Of the Duke only…

17 Lines Thou shalt see the difference of our spirit, I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.

18 Lines Two things provided more: that for this favor He presently become a Christian; The other, that he do record a gift, Here in the court, of all he dies possessed Unto his son Lorenzo and his daughter.

19 Lines In christning shalt thou have two godfathers. Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten more, To bring thee to the gallows, not to the font.

20 Lines You press me far, and therefore I will yield. Give me your gloves; Ill wear them for your sake And for your love Ill take this ring from you. Do not draw back your hand; Ill take no more, And you in love shall not deny me this.

21 Lines My Lord Bassanio, let him have the ring. Let his deservings and my love withal Be valued gainst your wifes commandment.

22 Essential Questions from 4.1 How does Portia save Antonios life? Ultimately, what role do women play in this scene? How are Antonio and the Duke merciful towards Shylock? What new insights about their husbands do Nerissa and Portia have? Is Shylocks trial a fair one? Why or why not?

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