If you repay me not on such a day,
In such a place, such sum or sums as are
Expressed in the condition, let the forfeit
Be nominated for an equal pound
Of your fair flesh to be cut off and taken
In what part of your body pleaseth me.
–Shylock in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
Shylocks I suppose have never been shy–at least not judging by their storefront advertising, which has always shouted at the passerby.
Never mind Shakespeare’s playing with the historical place of Jews in European society, observing money lenders here–those of today and those of Philadelphia’s past–there does appear to be an inverse ratio between neighborhood income and interest rates…
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