The Merchant of Venice – Act 3.2

Bassanio, Nerissa, Portia, Gratiano

The gist
Bassanio arrives in Belmont to try his luck at the casket lottery. Bassanio chooses correctly. Portia gives him a ring and makes him swear never to give it away. Gratiano announces that he and Nerissa are also to marry. Bassanio explains about Antonio’s terrible luck. She gives Bassanio a fortune to return to Venice and save his friend.

“Pay him six thousand and deface the bond. Double six thousand, and treble that…”

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