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In Act 1, Scene 2, of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, what does Portia think of the suitors who came to woo her?

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Posted July 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM (Answer #1)

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In William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (I,ii), Portia and Nerissa speak about Portia's suitors. With each name, Portia explains what she thinks of each one.

The Neapolitan Prince- Portia believes him to be "colt." She states he talks more about his horse than anything else. She also states that she believes his mother had an affair with a blacksmith (given the way that he goes on about shoeing).

The Country Palatine- Portia believes him to be nothing but sad all the time. All he does is frown, and even a happy story does not change this. She fears that they will always weep together.

The French lord, Monsieur Le Bon- Portia questions Le Bon's manhood, yet says that everything he has is better than the other men who have presented themselves to her.

Falconbridge, the young baron of England- Portia does not know what to say of Falconbridge because she does not understand him. She believes him to be a proper man, yet how is she supposed to be married to someone she cannot talk to.

The Scottish Lord- She believes him to be charitable, yet unable to repay his own debts.

The young German, the Duke of Saxony's nephew- Portia seems to hate everything about this man. When he is both drunk and sober, she states he is not quite a man or beast.

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