The Merchant Of Venice
ISBN10: 1544023588 ISBN13: 9781544023588 Publisher: Createspace Indie Pub Platform Published: Mar 2 2017 Pages: 80 Height: 11.00" Width: 8.50" Depth: 0.19" Language: English
A young Venetian, Bassanio, needs a loan of three thousand ducats so that he can woo Portia, a wealthy Venetian heiress. He approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio is short of money because all his wealth is invested in his fleet, which is currently at sea. He goes to a Jewish money lender, Shylock, who hates Antonio because of Antonio's anti-semitic behaviour towards him. Shylock nevertheless agrees to make the short-term loan, but, in a moment of dark humour, he makes a condition - the loan must be repaid in three months or Shylock will exact a pound of flesh from Antonio. Antonio agrees, confident that his ships will return in time.