History Theatre / TheMerchantOfVenice

13th Apr '18 12:59:19 AM PaulA
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-->'''Launcelot''': Mark me now; now will I raise the waters.

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-->'''Launcelot''': -->'''Launcelot:''' Mark me now; now will I raise the waters.



--> '''Shylock''': He hates our sacred nation, and he rails,\\

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--> '''Shylock''': '''Shylock:''' He hates our sacred nation, and he rails,\\



-->'''Portia''': I speak too long, but 'tis to pheaze the time,\\

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-->'''Portia''': -->'''Portia:''' I speak too long, but 'tis to pheaze the time,\\



-->'''Salario''': Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh: what's that good for?\\
'''Shylock''': To bait fish withal.

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-->'''Salario''': -->'''Salario:''' Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh: what's that good for?\\
'''Shylock''': '''Shylock:''' To bait fish withal.



* FunnyForeigner: All of Portia's suitors, the Italian Bassanio excepted. She and Nerissa spend most of their first scene mocking the suitors with stereotypical criticisms of their natioanlities.

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* FunnyForeigner: All of Portia's suitors, the Italian Bassanio excepted. She and Nerissa spend most of their first scene mocking the suitors with stereotypical criticisms of their natioanlities. nationalities.



-->'''Lorenzo''': ... the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot!\\
'''Launcelot''': It is much that the Moor should be more than reason, but if she be less than an honest woman, she is indeed more than I took her for.\\
'''Lorenzo''': How every fool can play upon the word!

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-->'''Lorenzo''': ...-->'''Lorenzo:''' ... the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot!\\
'''Launcelot''': '''Launcelot:''' It is much that the Moor should be more than reason, but if she be less than an honest woman, she is indeed more than I took her for.\\
'''Lorenzo''': '''Lorenzo:''' How every fool can play upon the word!



-->'''Gratiano''': A Daniel still say I, a second Daniel!\\

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-->'''Gratiano''': -->'''Gratiano:''' A Daniel still say I, a second Daniel!\\



** Depending on the editor, it's "Lancelot" or "Launcelot". Just to make it even more complicated, the original folios spelled it "Lancelet" or "Launcelet", leading some to think that's the name Shakespeare intended[[note]][[SarcasmMode wow, the name in the original text as the name the author intended. what an idea]].[[/note]]--and while his father is "Old Gobbo" in the stage directions, he refers to himself as "La(u)ncelet Iobbe" or "La(u)ncelet Job".

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** Depending on the editor, it's "Lancelot" or "Launcelot". Just to make it even more complicated, the original folios spelled it "Lancelet" or "Launcelet", leading some to think that's the name Shakespeare intended[[note]][[SarcasmMode wow, the name in the original text as the name the author intended. what an idea]].[[/note]]--and and while his father is "Old Gobbo" in the stage directions, he refers to himself as "La(u)ncelet Iobbe" or "La(u)ncelet Job".



O, then be bold to say Bassanio's dead!"

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O, then be bold to say Bassanio's dead!"dead!



** Solanio disappears completely after Act III (and so does Salarino [[SpellMyNameWithAnS if he isn't Salerio]]), woth both of them displaced as Antonio's companions once Bassiano and the others return to Venice.

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** Solanio disappears completely after Act III (and so does Salarino [[SpellMyNameWithAnS if he isn't Salerio]]), woth with both of them displaced as Antonio's companions once Bassiano and the others return to Venice.
21st Feb '18 6:44:06 PM lakingsif
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* PreserveYourGays: [[TheEeyore Antonio]], the titular merchant, is pretty clearly in love with his [[TheOnlyOneITrust only friend]], the dashing young nobleman Bassanio -- so much so that he is eager to enter into a contract on Bassanio's behalf by which the penalty for defaulting on a loan is having a pound of his flesh removed, [[LiteralMetaphor nearest the heart]]. [[FinaglesLaw Inevitably]], he defaults on the loan and is bound to a chair in court to have the flesh removed, which will most certainly kill him -- but at the literal last second, Bassanio's new wife ([[SweetPollyOliver in disguise as a young judge]]) announces an ExactWords loophole in the contract and saves his life.
12th Feb '18 11:30:56 AM TheGreatConversation
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* ImpovershedPatrician: Bassanio comes from a noble family, but he has frittered away all his money (and quite a bit more borrowed from Antonio) and now needs to borrow ''more'' money to woo Portia, so that he can [[GoldDigger marry her and use his fortune to pay his debts]].

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* ImpovershedPatrician: ImpoverishedPatrician: Bassanio comes from a noble family, but he has frittered away all his money (and quite a bit more borrowed from Antonio) and now needs to borrow ''more'' money to woo Portia, so that he can [[GoldDigger marry her and use his fortune to pay his debts]].
12th Feb '18 11:29:49 AM TheGreatConversation
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* GoldDigger: An uncharitable reading of Bassanio, who, while he later seems genuinely besotted with Portia, initially spends a ''lot'' longer extolling her money's virtues than hers. He introduces his plan to woo her as "How to get clear of all the debts I owe."


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* ImpovershedPatrician: Bassanio comes from a noble family, but he has frittered away all his money (and quite a bit more borrowed from Antonio) and now needs to borrow ''more'' money to woo Portia, so that he can [[GoldDigger marry her and use his fortune to pay his debts]].
12th Feb '18 11:21:15 AM TheGreatConversation
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* LoopholeAbuse: Portia exploits a loophole in Shylock's bond. He can have his pound of flesh, but he can't draw a drop of blood in taking it, which wasn't written into the bond.
12th Feb '18 11:19:41 AM TheGreatConversation
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Each of the female characters has a moment where she dresses as a boy. In Shakespeare's time, women weren't allowed on the stage. Thus this would have been RecursiveCrossdressing (boys dressed as girls dressed as boys).
12th Feb '18 11:12:26 AM TheGreatConversation
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* DisguisedInDrag:
** Jessica disguises herself as a boy when she flees Shylock's house.
** Portia and Nerissa pose as a doctor and his clerk at the trial.



* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Many lines are devoted to describing Portia's beautiful long blonde hair. She is however too cunning and sharp to qualify for HairOfGoldHeartOfGold.

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* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Many lines are devoted to describing Portia's beautiful long blonde hair.hair, which makes her seem exotic and desirable contrasted with the black-haired Italian beauties around her. She is however too cunning and sharp to qualify for HairOfGoldHeartOfGold.
12th Feb '18 2:42:24 AM fearlessnikki
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* EverybodyLovesBlondes: Many lines are devoted to describing Portia's beautiful long blonde hair. She is however too cunning and sharp to qualify for HairOfGoldHeartOfGold.

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* EverybodyLovesBlondes: EveryoneLovesBlondes: Many lines are devoted to describing Portia's beautiful long blonde hair. She is however too cunning and sharp to qualify for HairOfGoldHeartOfGold.


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* ThoseTwoGuys: Antonio and Bassanio's two friends Salerino and Solanio, who are always together.
2nd Feb '18 6:18:41 PM fearlessnikki
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* DisguisedInDrag:
** Jessica disguises herself as a boy when she flees Shylock's house.
** Portia and Nerissa pose as a doctor and his clerk at the trial.


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* EverybodyLovesBlondes: Many lines are devoted to describing Portia's beautiful long blonde hair. She is however too cunning and sharp to qualify for HairOfGoldHeartOfGold.


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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Each of the female characters has a moment where she dresses as a boy. In Shakespeare's time, women weren't allowed on the stage. Thus this would have been RecursiveCrossdressing (boys dressed as girls dressed as boys).


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* LoopholeAbuse: Portia exploits a loophole in Shylock's bond. He can have his pound of flesh, but he can't draw a drop of blood in taking it, which wasn't written into the bond.
* TheLostLenore: Shylock alludes to his dead wife Leah. It implies he still loves her.
31st Jan '18 8:50:05 AM TheGreatConversation
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* ArcWords: ''Content'' and ''satisfied'' recur throughout the play . . . always in situations that make the content itself somewhat doubtful.
-->'''Antonio:''' To quit the fine for one half of [Shylock's] goods,\\
I am content; so he will let me have\\
The other half in use, to render it,\\
Upon his death, unto the gentleman\\
That lately stole his daughter:\\
Two things provided more, that, for this favour,\\
He presently become a Christian;\\
The other, that he do record a gift,\\
Here in the court, of all he dies possessed\\
Unto his son Lorenzo and his daughter.\\
'''Duke:''' He shall do this, or else I do recant\\
The pardon that I late pronounced here.\\
'''Portia:''' Art thou contented, Jew? what dost thou say?\\
'''Shylock:''' I am content.
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