The Merchant of Venice Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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What venture does Salerio mention? According to Salerio and Solanio, what would be the reason for Antonio's sadness? 

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In Act One, Scene 1, Salerio and Solanio are having a conversation with their depressed friend, Antonio. Antonio mentions that he doesn't know why he is in such a terrible mood and that he feels tired and confused. Salerio comments that Antonio is worried about his merchant ships that are sailing on the treacherous sea. Salerio mentions that he would also be worried and in a depressed mood if his precious ship Andrew were grounded or sunk after a storm. He then tells Antonio that he cannot fool him because he knows Antonio is worried about his goods. Solanio agrees with Salerio, and they both initially think that Antonio is upset about his ships at sea. When Antonio mentions that he is not upset about his merchandise, Solanio says that Antonio must be in love. However, Antonio dismisses Solanio's assumption that he is in love, and Solanio ponders how peculiar some people are.

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