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Question 1: solanio: Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth,

The better part of my affection would

Be with my hopes abroad

(1) Where are the speakers? To whom is solanio speaking? Who else is there with him now?

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muddy-mettled | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 28, 2013 at 10:51 PM (Answer #1)

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They say the scene is a street.  This is the first scene of the play.  Solanio is speaking to Antonio, the merchant.  Salerio(some editors prefer Salarino because of spelling variations in the earliest text) is also present.  Salerio and Solanio later speak with Shylock(Act 3, scene 1).  This is notable, in part, because one might wonder if Shylock too has become a "want-wit"(line 6), that is, one lacking good sense.

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