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the terms of her late father’s will. They state that whoever seeks to marry Portia must solve the riddle of the three caskets—one gold, one silver, one lead, each with an inscription—or, failing in the attempt, agree to remain a bachelor for the rest of his days.
The criteria demanded by Portia's father was as follows. To choose the correct casket without any help or clues from anyone else and if unsuccessful you must leave Belmont and never try for Portia's hand in marriage.
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