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Chapter 5
Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections,
passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same
diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and
summer, as a Christian is? Merchant of Venice
Oswald, returning, whispered into the ear of his master, "It is a Jew, who calls himself
Isaac of York; is it fit I should marshall him into the hall?"
"Let Gurth do thine office, Oswald," said Wamba with his usual effrontery; "the
swineherd will be a fit usher to the Jew."
"St Mary," said the Abbot, crossing himself, "an unbelieving Jew, and admitted into this
"A dog Jew," echoed the Templar, "to approach a defender of the Holy Sepulchre?"
"By my faith," said Wamba, "it would seem the Templars love the Jews' inheritance
better than they do their company."
"Peace, my worthy guests," said Cedric; "my hospitality must not be bounded by your
dislikes. If Heaven bore with the whole nation of stiff-necked unbelievers for more years
than a layman can number, we may endure the presence of one Jew for a few hours.
But I constrain no man to converse or to feed with him. ---Let him have a board and a
morsel apart,---unless," he said smiling, "these turban'd strangers will admit his society."
"Sir Franklin," answered the Templar, "my Saracen slaves are true Moslems, and scorn
as much as any Christian to hold intercourse with a Jew."
"Now, in faith," said Wamba, "I cannot see that the worshippers of Mahound and
Termagaunt have so greatly the advantage over the people once chosen of Heaven."
"He shall sit with thee, Wamba," said Cedric; "the fool and the knave will be well met."
"The fool," answered Wamba, raising the relics of a gammon of bacon, "will take care to
erect a bulwark against the knave."
"Hush," said Cedric, "for here he comes."
Introduced with little ceremony, and advancing with fear and hesitation, and many a
bow of deep humility, a tall thin old man, who, however, had lost by the habit of stooping
much of his actual height, approached the lower end of the board. His features, keen
and regular, with an aquiline nose, and piercing black eyes; his high and wrinkled