| Quote #7
If thou will lend this money, lend it not
Antonio is willing to borrow money from Shylock but insists that charging interest is wrong. (This is why he goes out of his way to put Shylock out of business by lending money "gratis.") What's interesting about this passage is the way Antonio talks about money as though it were capable of "breed[ing]" – as if it were a living being. What's up with that?
| Quote #8
Shylock reveals his own prejudices about money here. When he talks about people's "goodness," he's not evaluating morality or character, just whether they're good for their borrowed money
| Quote #9
What, no more?
When Portia hears that Shylock is trying to collect a pound of flesh from her new man's BFF, she offers to pay off "the petty debt twenty times over." We notice a couple of things here. First, Portia is very wealthy. Second, she's incredibly generous and values human relationships more than wealth (as opposed to, say, Shylock, who goes around complaining that his servant eats too much).