Merchant of Venice

Act 4 scene 1

line 25- But touch'd with human gentleness and love/forgive a moiety of the principal 

in what way does the duke expect shylock to mitigate his stand towards the forfeiture?? 

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The Duke says that, in the name of humanity, the people hope and expect Shylock to not only give up his justice for a pound of flesh but forgive some of the portion of the principal that Antonio owes him.