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In William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Antonio's friend Salarino talks about "My wind cooling my broth." Of what does this remind him?

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sensei918 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 5, 2013 at 9:19 PM (Answer #1)

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In Act I, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Antonio, the merchant in question, is walking and talking to his friends Salerio and Salarino. They are discussing Antonio's fortune and why he seems sad. They sugges that he is feeling bad because he has several ships out at sea and is worried about the money he has invested. Salarino tells Antonio "My wind cooling my broth/Would blow me to an ague when I thought/What harm a wind too great would do at sea." (25-25). What he is saying is that if he were the one with ships at sea, even blowing on his soup to cool it off would remind him of how his fortune is dependent on the wind that blows the ships where it may, sometimes for good, sometimes not. Antonio then assures his friends that this is not the cause of his worries, for his fortune is not tied up in just one ship. This is not the reason he is sad.

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