Merchant of Venice (Penguin Classic)
This edition is slightly edited with an introduction by A.R. Braunmuller,includes notes describing unfamiliar terms beneath the text; 104 pgs, pb.
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When Bassanio desires to court the wealthy heiress Portia, he asks his merchant friend Antonio for a loan so that he may do so in style. As Antonio's money is tied up in this own ventures, he is not able to provide the loan and suggest that they secure a loan from the moneylender Shylock. Shylock agrees on the loan despite a long-standing grudge against his nemesis Antonio, but on a condition that may very well cost Antonio his life if the loan defaults. This powerful play by Shakespeare captures the drama and suspense surrounding the Merchant of Venice.