- The synonym of ‘luxurious’-
- What penalty would Antonio face if he fails to repay Shylock?
- Why does Antonio not have enough money?
- What was Antonio’s plan to repay Shylock?
Shylock was a very ____ man
Read the passage carefully and answer to the questions given below:
Antonio had a close friend named Bassanio.He was a handsome young man and was born in a noble family. Bassanio liked to live a very luxurious life. He loved grandeur and style. He spent more money than he earned. As a result, he was very often short of money. In such situations, Bassanio would go to his best friend Antonio for help. Antonio would help him with cash. It so happened that Bassanio fell in love with a wealthy lady named Portia. Portia was known not only for her beauty but also for her wisdom. She was soft towards Bassanio too. He wanted to visit Portia in a grand manner but he did not have any money. So he went to Antonio.
Bassanio said, “Dear friend Antonio, I am in great need of some money. I would like to visit Portia at Belmont, grandly dressed and with many servants. But I don’t have any money right now. Please help me to fulfill my intention.”
Antonio said, “ This is not a problem my friend, how much do you need?”
“ Three thousand ducats (Venetian currency) will do.”
“I don’t have that much money with me now as all my ships have gone out in the sea with merchandise. But don’t worry my friend, I’ll arrange three thousand ducats for you.”
So he decided to borrow the sum from a moneylender named Shylock. Shylock was a very crooked man. Antonio and Shylock hated each other. Shylock sued to lend money with high interest. He would even send the debtor to prison if he failed to pay his debt. On the contrary, Antonio used to lend money to help those who need it and would not charge any interest. Shylock agreed to lend him money but on one condition. If he fails to repay the money in three month’s time then he has to pay a penalty. Shylock would cut a pound of flesh from any part of Antonio’s body.
Antonio willingly agreed thinking that his ships would soon return with all the rich
merchandise and he can easily return the money to Shylock by selling them. Shylock
made Antonio sign a bond before giving him the money. Antonio took the money
and gave it to Bassanio.
Who fell in love with a wealthy lady?
- What was the profession of Shylock?
- Where did Portia live?
- Who liked to live a luxurious life?