Antonio tells his friends Salarino and Solanio that he is sad but he doesn't know why. Salarino tells him it is because of the ships and tells him not worry about it and than Solanio also tells him that he would also worry about his ships if it had been him.
In sooth, I know not why I am sad. It wearies me; you say it wearies you
Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth the part of my affections would be with my hopes abroad.
Your mind is tossing on the ocean, There where your argosies with portly sail
Antonio tells his friends that he is not upset because of his ships and that his financial life is healthy which is when Solanio tells him that he is in love which Antonio denies. This then leads to Solanio telling him that he is upset because he is just not in a good mood.
All I have the thought to think on this, and shall I lack the thought that such a thing be chanced would make me sad? But tell not me. I know Antonio Is sad to think upon his merchandise.
Believe me, no. I thank my fortune for it
Why then, you are in love
Bassanio, Gratiano, and Lorenzo have arrived. Bassanio asks Solano and Salarino when they should spend time together since it has been awhile. Solano and Salarino leave.
Your worth is very dear in my regard. I take it your own business calls on you.
Good signors both, when shall we laugh? Say, when?
I would have stayed till I had made you merry if worthier friends had not prevented me.
Gratiano notices that Antonio is not happy and he says it is because he is too invested in the world. Antonio denies and says it is just a moment in which he is sad. Gratiano then says he will be the fool and says some jokes so Antonio will be happy again.
You look not well, Signor Antonio. You have too much respect upon the world
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano. A stage where every man must play a part, and mine a sad one.
Antonio asks Bassanio who the girl he's been talking about, he does not tell him yet but says that he is in a lot of debt and that he has a plan to get rid of the debt and he tells him his plan and Antonio tells him that he will help him and that he does not have to give the money back and that will appear as he is questioning their friendship.
Well, tell me now what lady is the same to whom you swore a secret pilgrimage, that today you promised to tell me of?
Tis not unknown to you, Antonio,how much I have disabled mine estate, By something showing a more swelling port than my faint means would grant continuance. Nor do I now make moan to be abridged from such a noble rate. But my chief care
Thou know’st that all my fortunes are at sea. Neither have I money nor commodity to raise a present sum. Therefore go forth, try what my credit can in Venice do—that shall be racked even to the uttermost to furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia.
In Belmont is a lady richly left, and she is fair and—fairer than that word— of wondrous virtues. Sometimes from her eyes I did receive fair speechless messages. Her name is Portia