The Jew of Malta "Infinite Riches In A Little Room"
by Christopher Marlowe

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"Infinite Riches In A Little Room"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

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Context: In the opening scene of this play, Barabas, the Jew of Malta, is in his countinghouse with heaps of gold around him. In a monologue, he scoffs at the "paltry silverlings" and complains of what trouble it is "to count this trash." He prefers instead ingots of gold, and gems, one of which, although it would take up less room than would metal, might be worth a king's ransom:

This is the ware wherein consists my wealth;And thus methinks should men of judgment frameTheir means of traffic from the vulgar trade,And as their wealth increaseth, so incloseInfinite riches in a little room.