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Shakespeare's Thoughts on Bankers' Pound of Flesh

In the Merchants of Venice, Shakespeare explored the possibel outcome of the posting of non-monetary security for a loan. Antonio, the protagonist, a merchant took out a loan from a banker of the worst sort, a man named Shylock. (I will omit references to Shylock's backround, except for the fact that he was NOT a citizen of Venice, the last of which is relevant to the story). For past grudges, Shylock demanded as security, a pound of flesh, from nearest Antonio's heart, for the loan.

The bad news was that Antonio's venture failed, and he could not deliver the money by the due date. The good news was that he was able to tender payment, with additional interest, through the offices of his good friends. But Shylock was not interested in the money. He was more interested in the "security," which if collected, would likely lead to Antonio's death.

The case was taken to Portia the (female) judge, who tried to mediate by persuading Shylock to take the money. When he insisted on the bond, she found a loophole. The bond said, "a pound of flesh," she noted, but made on reference to blood. So how could a pound of flesh be properly measured if it included blood?

And would Shylock consent to a doctor to stop the bleeding to prevent his death.  No, said Shylock, because Antonio's probable death was the whole point of the bond.

Then the judge ruled that Shylock, a non-citizen, was conspiring against the life of a citizen and ordered him arrested. And Antonio set free with his debt cancelled..