The Merchant of Venice (Folger Shakespeare Library)

By William Shakespeare

In The service provider of Venice, the trail to marriage is dangerous. To win Portia, Bassanio needs to move a try prescribed via her father’s will, picking competently between 3 caskets or chests. If he fails, he could by no means marry at all.

Bassanio and Portia additionally face a powerful villain, the moneylender Shylock. In developing Shylock, Shakespeare turns out to have shared in a frequent prejudice opposed to Jews. Shylock may were considered as a villain simply because he was once a Jew. but he supplies such robust expression to his alienation as a result of the hatred round him that, in lots of productions, he emerges because the hero.

Portia is such a lot remembered for her cover as a attorney, Balthazar, specially the speech during which she urges Shylock to teach mercy that “droppeth because the light rain from heaven.”

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A hundred and ten Portia He is aware me because the blind guy is aware the cuckoo, by way of the undesirable voice! Lorenzo pricey girl, welcome domestic! Portia we've got been praying for our husbands’ welfare, fifty three from fifty four a connection (“context”) fifty five strength fifty six observed (i. e. , after they are by myself) fifty seven be quiet fifty eight a gorgeous younger guy, charmed into everlasting sleep (though the story doesn't totally clarify why) 141 act five • scene 1 Which speed59 we are hoping the higher for our phrases. Are they back? a hundred and fifteen Lorenzo Madam, they aren't but: yet there's come a messenger ahead of to indicate their coming. Portia pass in, Nerissa, supply order to my servants, that they take No notice in any respect of our being absent for that reason, one hundred twenty Nor you, Lorenzo – Jessica, nor you. a tucket60 sounds Lorenzo Your husband is handy, I pay attention his trumpet. we're no telltales, madam, worry you no longer. Portia tonight methinks is however the sunlight in poor health, It seems a bit paler, ’tis an afternoon, a hundred twenty five corresponding to the day is while the solar is concealed. input Bassanio, Antonio, Gratiano, and Attendants Bassanio we should always carry day61 with the Antipodes,62 should you may stroll in absence of the sunlight. Portia allow me provide gentle, yet enable me now not be gentle, For a mild spouse doth make a heavy husband, a hundred thirty And63 by no means be Bassanio so for me. yet God sort64 all. you're welcome domestic, my lord. fifty nine prosper, be successful 60 trumpet flourish sixty one should still carry day ϭ will be matching our series of day and evening with that during the Antipodes sixty two those that survive the other aspect of the earth sixty three and should sixty four dispose, ordain, order 142 act five • scene 1 Bassanio I thanks, madam. supply welcome to my good friend, this is often the fellow, this can be Antonio, To whom i'm so infinitely sure. Portia you want to in all sense65 be a lot sure to him, a hundred thirty five For as I listen he used to be a lot bound66 for you. Antonio not more than i'm good acquitted67 of. Portia Sir, you're very welcome to our residence. It needs to seem in alternative ways than phrases, for that reason I scant this breathing68 courtesy. one hundred forty Gratiano ( to Nerissa) by means of yonder moon I swear you do me incorrect. In religion, I gave it to the judge’s clerk. may he have been gelt69 that had it in my view, because you do take it, love, loads at center. Portia A quarrel, ho, already! What’s the problem? a hundred forty five Gratiano a couple of hoop70 of gold, a paltry71 ring That she did provide me, whose poesy72 used to be For all of the international like cutlers’73 poetry Upon a knife:“love me, and depart me now not. ” Nerissa What speak you of the poesy or the worth? one hundred fifty You swore to me whilst I did supply it you that you'd put on it until eventually the hour of demise, And that it may lie with you on your grave. sixty five sturdy experience, cause sixty six installed penitentiary sixty seven discharged (1) of debt/offense, (2) from prison sixty eight breath-taxing (“merely verbal”) sixty nine gelded, castrated 70 round band seventy one petty, insignificant seventy two short inscription, engraved motto seventy three buyers in/makers of knives 143 act five • scene 1 although no longer for me,74 but in your vehement oaths one hundred fifty five you will have been respective75 and feature saved it. Gave it a76 judge’s clerk! yet good i do know The clerk will ne’er put on hair on’s face that had it.

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