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The Merchant of Venice tells the story of how Antonio, a wealthy and generous merchant, loans his friend Bassanio the money to woo his love, Portia. To do so, Antonio must go into debt to the moneylender Shylock, a Jew who hates Christians because of the way they have treated him. Even Antonio has spit on Shylock in the past, and now he must go to him to borrow money. Antonio's money is all tied up in trade goods that are on his various ships. He must pay Shylock back by a certain day or forfeit a pound of his flesh. Salarino thinks that if he were Antonio everything would make him worry about his ships not making it to port by the day his debt is due. He even thinks that blowing on his broth to cool it off would remind him of the wind pushing a ship out to sea or tearing it to pieces, so that the cargo would be lost. He worries for Antonio, who has risked everything so that his friend can be married.
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