"the part-covered Rialto, where Antonio spat on Shylock's gabardine."
Rialto Bridge
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An allusion to the The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Shylock is Jewish, and his traditional cloak suffers for it:


Signior Antonio, many a time and oft

In the Rialto you have rated me

About my moneys and my usances:

Still have I borne it with a patient shrug,

For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe.

You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,

And all for use of that which is mine own.

Act 1, Scene 3