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you now know which casket contains the portrait of portia. from what you have learned...
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The editors of the RSC edition(2007,20010) note that "Venice, sixteenth-century Europe's preeminent city of commercial exchange and conspicuous consumption, has taught him that credit allows a man to display himself above his means.........He chooses the lead casket because he knows from his own example that 'outward shows' may be least themselves and that the world is easily deceived 'with ornament.'" We have also seen that Bassanio and Portia may have in "secret"(Act 1, scene 1) communicated more than we are shown before he goes to Belmont.
Posted by muddy-mettled on December 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM (Answer #1)
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