Merchant of Venice

Act 2, Scene 5

Why does Shylock agree to go to supper at Bassanio's, after refusing Bassanio's invitation when they were negotiating the loan?

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I am bid forth to supper, Jessica.

There are my keys.—But wherefore should I go?

I am not bid for love. They flatter me.

But yet I’ll go in hate to feed upon

The prodigal Christian.

He accepts the invitation out of spite, wishing to feed off the wasteful Christian (think the prodigal son)


Merchant of Venice/ Act 2/ Scene 5