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The Merchant of Venice (13) [The Merchant of Venice]

Shylock and Antonio

  There was another rich man in Venice. 
  His name was Shylock.
  He earnede his money by lending money to other people and making them pay interest.

  A lot of people borrowed money from him.
  Of course, Shylock's  business had risks, too.
  Sometimes people were not able to pay back the money they had borrowed. Sometimes thy would not pay it back even ef they could.

  When people borrowed money from Antonio, he did not make them pay interest. He thought it was wrong to make peoplepay interest. He said rich people should help poor people.

  Shylock was very angry about this because people went to borrow money from Antonio instead of borroeing from him This meant Shtlock earned less money.

  Another reason that Antonio and Shylock didn't like each other was that Antonio was a Christian and Shylock was a Jew. They disagreed about a lot of things and did not talk to each other.

(13/45)

The Merchant of Venice (12) [The Merchant of Venice]

The Merchant of Venice (12)

  Portia remembered that while her father was still alive, a young man called Bassanio came to visit them from Venice.

  She liked him a lot. She thought he was brave and interesting and handsome. She hoped he would court her and be brave enough to choose a box.

  Perhaps he would choose the right box and make her his wife.
  Instead of this, however, she recieved news that Prince of Morocco was on his way to court her.

  " Not another one ! " she exclaimed.
  She wa stired of suitor.
  She thought her father had given her a very difficult problem. If one of the suitor was brave enough to choose a box and chose the right one, she would have to marry him whether she liked him or not. If he chose the wrong box, she couldn't marry him even if she liked him.

  It was more than annoying.

(12/45)

The Merchant of Venice (11) [The Merchant of Venice]

The Merchant of Venice (11)

  The Scottish lord was no better.
  he began to agree with the English baron, and Portia told them both to leave.

  The german duke was worst of all because he was drunk all the time. Portia thought that at his best, he was worse than a man, and at his worst, he was little better than an animal.
  She hopeed that he would not ask to choose one of the boxes, for if he chose the right one, she would have to marry him.

  However , none of these men were brave enough to choose on eof the boxes.
  They thought the risk were too big.

(11/45)

The Merchant of Venice (10) [The Merchant of Venice]

The Merchant of Venice (10)

  Her second suitor was a count.
  Portia did not like him because he always looked sad or angry ー or both. He never looked happy, and she was afraid that when he got old, he would be a very unhappy husband for her.

  Her third suitor was a French lord.
  Portia did not like him either because he did not have his own way of thinking. He tried to be just like every person he met. She thought it would be like having twenty husbands, and she couldn't love him at all.

  Her next suitor was a baron from England.
  She did not like him because he had never studied anything. She could not speak with him because he did not understand latin, French, or Italian. She wanted a husband who could talk to her. 

(10/45)