Pause a day or two, before you hazard; for, in choosing wrong I lose your company
Antonio the great Merchant, is sad, but cannot tell his friends the reason for his sadness
Shed thou no blood, nor cut no more but a pound of flesh; if though tak'st more or less, thou diest, and confiscate
Portias father left in his will, that he who should marry his wife shall choose between three caskets and if he chooses the correct one, then he shall be the man for Portia.
Portia has fallen in love with Bassanio, and wants him to wait a few more days, before making his choice. But Bassanio refuses to wait and he chose the lead casket. When he opened it he found a picture of Portia and letter meaning he chose right.
The Duke ask Shylock to show mercy, but refuses and insists on the pound of flesh. Portia is disguised as the doctor and Nerissa is disguised as her clerk. Portia agrees he is legally able to cut off the pound of flesh, but not anymore or less and no blood shall spill form his body.
Is that the law?
Portia and Nerissa arrive at Belmont; a little later, as the day breaks, Bassanio and Gratiano appear. The wives ask their husbands for the rings, and pretend to be angry; at last they reveal the truth.
Were you the doctor, and I knew you not?!
There you shall find that Portia was the doctor and Nerissa there her clerk