Summary of Merchant of Venice in 150 words.

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In Venice, there lived a merchant named Antonio who had a poor friend called Bassanio. Bassanio wanted to marry a lovely, rich girl of Belmont called Poria but he needed money to reach her. Antonio could not give him money as his ships were gone. They went to a Jew money-lender called Shylock and asked him for three thousand ducats.He gave money on this stipulation that if they fail to pay money in three months, he will take pound of flesh from Antonio's body. Bassanio reached Belmont and married Portia. Three months passed and Antonio's shops were lost in storm.Shylock wanted his pound of flesh.Bassanio went to Venice and Portia followed him in disguise of young man Dr. Balthasar. She reached Venice and presented Antonio in front of Duke cleverly. She asked Shylock to take pound of flesh from Antonio's body without spilling blood.So, Antonio was saved.

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Antonio who is a prosperous merchant has a friend Bassanio who is not well-off has been taken fancy by a wealthy,rich and beautiful girl Portia but he is in urgent need of money to impress her.Antonio has no money at the moment so they negotiate a loan with Shylock who is a Jewish money-lender and Antonio's enemy agreeing to a forfeit of one pound of flesh to be cut off from anywhere from his body which he desires.Bassanio passes in the casket test and marries Portia.In the meanwhile Lorenzo has eloped with Jessica Shylock's daughter which enrages him leaving him to settle old scores with Antonio.Antonio's ships are lost at sea which leave him in financial jeopardy but Shylock's revenge was unfulfilled as Portia who was under disguise reaches Belmont and saves him from inhumanity and danger.