Act 4 scene 1
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The Duke is very sympathetic to Antonio. We need to remember that the court is pretty much a Christian boys' club. Antonio is a respected man of business and likely to be thought well of by the Duke. The Duke disparages Shylock calling him inhuman and incapable of pity,
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.