Lead was the right casket! I knew beauty was found within
Show merci Shylock
Bassanio and Antonio make there way down a dark alleyway, where shylock, the Jew stands. With a greedy look on his face Shylock says " I will give you 3 thousand dollars with no interest but with a catch- if you if you dont pay me back in 3 months time, i can have 1 pound of Antonio's flesh". Antonio has hated Shylock for his whole life but that doesn't stop him from dumbly agreeing. He signed the bond under his name for his friend bassanio to chase the girl of his dreams.
Here is a replacement ring for the one you gave away
Is that the same ring you gave me. How?
Back in Belmont, Portia and Bassanio confess their love for each other but Portia's father locked her fate up in one of the 3 caskets (gold, silver or lead). She pleads Bassanio not to choose a casket since she may never see him again if he was to choose the wrong one. Many men before Bassanio had tried to pick the right casket but they all failed. Bassanio decided to choose not what looks good on the outside but to look within and chose the lead. Portia gave him a ring and said never to part with it.
Court day had come and both Antonio and Shylock were summoned. Portia and Nerrissa wanted to help so Portia decided to be clever so they said to the men that they were going on a trip but actually pretended to be a male lawyer and Nerrissa the clark and attend the court. they borrowed clothes from her cousin who was a real lawyer. at the court, Portia gave a speech about merci but shylock said no to her speech. Antonio says his goodbyes right before Portia stops him and says "he may have the flesh but without dropping any blood". this is impossible to do