Type the Q in the search MV box(above right). The bond is important regarding the plot, though Jessica's elopement, it seems, is no less so. If one looks in a dictionary one finds that many of the definitions are implied by the author. In act 3, scene one, as someone noted, Shylock repeats the term several times. The author then may be suggesting that Shylock may well prefer to become friends with Antonio. Also, as we have seen, if we compare the play to ROMEO AND JULIET, the bond of marriage also is notable as we see correspondencies to ROM in the court scene and throughout the play, that is, Shylock may very well be motivated, in part, like Romeo, by grief.