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The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare
Home Literature The Merchant of Venice Events Act 1, Scene 2 Intro Summary Themes Quotes Characters Analysis Questions Photos Quizzes Flashcards Best of the Web Write Essay * Summary
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The Merchant of Venice Act 1, Scene 2 Summary
* We now meet Portia at Belmont, who turns out to be more than a spoiled little rich girl. Portia complains to her woman in waiting (read: her sidekick), Nerissa, that she's tired of the world. Nerissa points out that being rich doesn't exempt one from problems. * Portia retorts that it's easier to give advice than take it. Then she clues us in about why she's so bummed out. It turns out that Portia can neither choose nor refuse a husband, but must instead follow her dead father's will. * Nerissa clears up exactly what was in this dead father's will. It seems that he set up a lottery to determine who Portia would marry. The lottery involves three chests – one gold, one silver, and one lead. Whoever chooses the correct chest gets Portia. * Nerissa is somehow convinced that whoever chooses rightly will truly love Portia, too. * Brain snack: Portia isn't the only Shakespeare heroine who doesn't get to choose her own husband. In The Taming of the Shrew, Baptista Minola arranges his daughter's marriage to Petruchio. Although the elaborate lottery Portia's father has arranged is pretty unusual, it was typical for 16th century dads to choose their daughters' husbands. * Nerissa thinks this whole lottery thing is a really good plan because Portia's father was virtuous guy. She adds that Portia's...
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