You spurned me such a day; another time you called me ‘dog’ and for these courtesies I’ll lend you thus much moneys”?
Act 1: Antonio a wealthy merchant is approached by Bassanio asking for money so he can court the rich heiress Portia, but as Antonio’s money is tied up in all his merchant ships so he sends Bassanio to find Shylock a Jewish moneylender to give him a loan in Antonio’s name.
If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not as to thy friends, for when did friendship take
ACT 2: Bassanio wants the money to travel to Belmont with his friend Gratiano to win the hand of Portia. At her Fathers request each suiter has to play the casket game. Bassanio chooses the lead casket which is the correct one and wins the hand of Portia.
A gentle scroll! Fair, lady, by your leave, I come by your leave, I come by note to give and receive
Either not attempt to choose at all or swear before you choose, if you choose wrong never to speak to lady afterward
ACT 3: Shylock is obsessed about the bond on Antonio but Portia has a plan where she sends for her cousin Nerissa who is a lawyer for some help. Portia and Nerissa dress as lawyers and go to Venice to pretend to judge the trial
ACT 4: In Court, Shylock demands that the terms of the loan be fulfilled. Bassanio tries to save Antonio but Shylock will not take the money, he wants his pound of flesh. Portia says that even a drop of blood dropped, you will be arrested as your revenge calls for a pound of flesh only. Shylock agrees and wants his money from Bassanio
I pray you give me leave to go from hence. I am not well. Send the deed after me and I will sign it.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift
ACT 5: A messenger says Portia and Nerissa are on their way home to Belmont but have asked Lorenzo not to reveal to the husbands of their disguises in Venice. Gratiano and Bassanio try to explain to their wives why they gave their rings away, something that they swore not to take off. Both Portia reveals the truth about how she disguised herself as a lawyer and Nerissa as a clerk