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Dramatis Personæ

  • ANTONIO, a merchant of Venice
  • SALERIO, SALANIO friends, to Antonio and Bassanio
  • BASSANIO, his friend, suitor to Portia
  • LORENZO, in love with Jessica
  • GRATIANO, friend to Antonio and Bassanio
  • PORTIA, a rich heiress
  • NERISSA, her waiting-maid
  • SHYLOCK, a rich Jew
  • THE PRINCE OF MOROCCO, suitor to Portia
  • LAUNCELOT GOBBO, a clown, servant to Shylock
  • GOBBO, father to Launcelot
  • LEONARDO, servant to Bassanio
  • JESSICA, daughter to Shylock
  • THE PRINCE OF ARRAGON, suitor to Portia
  • TUBAL, a Jew, his friend
  • BALTHASAR, servant to Portia
  • STEPHANO, servant to Portia

Nobles of Venice, Officers of the Court of Justice, jailer, servants, and other Attendants, messenger.