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William Shakespeare's Works/Comedies/The Merchant of Venice/Act 1

Scene 1

Antonio is very depressed; he is willing to fund Bassanio's expedition to Belmont, but must try to borrow money from Shylock to do so.


Scene 2

Portia longs to find a husband, but all her suitors must submit to a test arranged by her father before his death.


Scene 3

Shylock agrees to lend money to Antonio - but he demans an unusual bond.