The Merchant Of Venice: A Comedy
HarperCollins, 16.12.2014 - 200 Seiten
The beautiful Portia has many suitors within Venetian society, among them the young nobleman Bassanio, who has squandered his fortune. Desperate to win Portia’s heart, Bassanio borrows money from Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, and turns to Antonio, a wealthy merchant who has helped him in the past, to guarantee the loan. Shylock agrees, only with harsh terms—if Antonio does not repay the loan by the due date, Shylock will take a pound of Antonio’s flesh.
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D R A M A T I S P E R S O N A E THE DUKE OF VENICE THE PRINCE OF MOROCCO, THE PRINCE OF ARRAGON suitors to Portia ANTONIO amerchant ofVenice BASSANIO his friend, suitor to Portia SOLANIO, SALERIO, GRATIANO friends to Antonioand Bassanio ...
Enter ANTONIO, SALERIO, and SOLANIO.  ANTONIO In sooth, Iknow not why I am so sad. It wearies me; you say itwearies you; But how I caught it, foundit, or cameby it, What stuff 'tismade of, whereof it is born, I am to learn; ...
... no; I thank my fortune for it, My ventures are not in one bottom trusted, Nortoone place; nor ismy whole estate  Upon the fortune of this present year; Therefore my merchandise makes me not sad. SOLANIO Why thenyou are in love.
 SALERIO Good morrow, my good lords. BASSANIO Good signiors both, when shall we laugh? Say when. Yougrow exceeding strange; must it be so? SALERIO We'llmake our leisures to attend on yours. [Exeunt Salerio and Solanio.