Merchant of Venice

Where in the book does Antonio act arrogant towards shylock .... Need a quotation and page reference

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You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,


'Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last,

You spurn'd me such a day; another time

You call'd me dog; and for these courtesies

I'll lend you thus much moneys'?


I am as like to call thee so again,

To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too. (1.3.17)

Yikes! When Shylock points out that Antonio has treated him like garbage, Antonio is unapologetic and insists that his racist behavior will never change, not even if Shylock lends him money. When we read passages like this, we wonder whether Antonio's abuse of Shylock is at least partially to blame for our "villain's" treacherous behavior later in the play.