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Shylock is reluctant to go to this dinner because he's had dream about his money bags that he sees as a premonition of someone stealing from him. He gives his daughter Jessica his keys so she can lock up the house and keep it safe from anyone who tries to steal from him while he's gone. He also tells her to stay inside and keep out of the Christian revelry going on in the streets. The irony is that Jessica is planning to run away and marry her Christian love, and when she leaves she will take a great deal of his fortune with her.
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