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why didn't portia trust bassanio in act 3 scene 2

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Posted March 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM via web

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why didn't portia trust bassanio in act 3 scene 2

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muddy-mettled | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 31, 2013 at 5:14 PM (Answer #1)

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If you mean that she fears that he might choose the wrong casket, we find that in Act 1, scene 2, most of the other suitors say that they are leaving Belmont unless Portia "may be won by some other sort than your father's imposition, depending on the caskets"(1.2.90 or so).  It seems that others fear the "riddling contest"(Bevington).  One might recall the Friar's comment in ROMEO AND JULIET:  "Be plain, good son, and homely in thy drift. / Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift"(ROM2.3.55 or so).  

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muddy-mettled | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 27, 2013 at 11:54 PM (Answer #2)

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Or, if the question regards Portia's speech that begins "You see me, Lord Bassanio, where I stand," A MIDSUMMER NIGHT's DREAM, even a plot summary, can be interesting.

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