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Re: Merchant
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2497  Tuesday, 30 October 2001

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Oct 2001 16:15:09 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2467 Re: Merchant

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Oct 2001 08:27:14 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2488 Re: Merchant

[3]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Oct 2001 11:58:57 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2488 Re: Merchant

[4]     From:   Edmund Taft <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Oct 2001 12:16:46 -0500
        Subj:   Merchant


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Oct 2001 16:15:09 -0000
Subject: 12.2467 Re: Merchant
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2467 Re: Merchant

Tony Burton writes

> Those Christians who might lend to Antonio on credit
> may -- as good Christians  -- refrain from charging
> interest, but Antonio's "racked even to the uttermost"
> implies that he expects them to demand something
> as painful as the rack, in the form at least of some bond
> or security they deem  very "good" or "sufficient", to use
> the standard Shylock employs in then offering the loan
> entirely without either security or interest, before the
> merry bond occurs to him.

"To rack" means to extort money (OED rack v.3 4d), which sounds more
like high interest than security.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Oct 2001 08:27:14 -0800
Subject: 12.2488 Re: Merchant
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2488 Re: Merchant

About Bassanio not spending any of the 3,000 ducats:  what about the
"sensible regreets" which he sends ahead of himself at the end of 2.9?

By the way, is it just me, or does the need to woo seem to indicate that
the lottery isn't entirely a game of chance after all?  Of course,
people playing games of chance still do everything possible to make
themselves lucky, and appearing rich might be part of such a process.

Cheers,
Se

 

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