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The Merchant of Venice

Act 2, scene 7



Basics

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Age Ranges
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Style
Period
Time/Place
Italy, sixteenth-century
Act/Scene
Act 2, scene 7

Scene Context

The Prince of Morocco has come to seek fair Portia's hand in marriage. He believes

Scene Text

Flourish of cornets. Enter PORTIA, with the PRINCE OF MOROCCO, and their trains
PORTIA
Go draw aside the curtains and discover
The several caskets to this noble prince.
Now make your choice.
MOROCCO
The first, of gold, who this inscription bears,
'Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire;'
The second, silver, which this promise carries,
'Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves;'
This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt,
'Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.'
How shall I know if I do choose the right?
PORTIA
The one of them contains my picture, prince:
If you choose that, then I am yours withal.
MOROCCO
Some god direct my judgment! Let me see;
I will survey the inscriptions back again. What says this leaden casket?
'Who chooseth