The Merchant of Venice Translation Table of Contents
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Act 1, Scene 1
Antonio is miserable. Bassanio tells Antonio about his trip to woo Portia and Antonio promises to borrow money for him.
Act 1, Scene 2
Nerissa describes the suitors seeking Portia's favor, a servant announces more have arrived.
Act 1, Scene 3
Bassanio asks Shylock for a loan, Antonio arrives, insults Shylock and agrees to his risky terms.
Act 2, Scene 1
The Prince of Morocco arrives to Portia's house and is told about her father's marriage game. He prepares himself.
Act 2, Scene 2
Lancelot and his father ask to enter Bassanio's service, Gratiano asks to accompany Bassanio on his venture to Belmont.
Act 2, Scene 3
Jessica asks Lancelot to give a letter to Lorenzo since he is leaving Shylock's service.
Act 2, Scene 4
Lorenzo is planning to help Jessica escape as well as to rob her father. He has Launcelot deliver a message to Jessica.
Act 2, Scene 5
Shylock is leaving with Launcelot to go to eat with Bassanio, he locks his house, but Jessica plans to escape.
Act 2, Scene 6
Lorenzo comes to Jessica's house and she leaves to join him. Antonio tells Gratiano that Bassanio is setting sail soon.
Act 2, Scene 7
Morocco must choose a casket to marry Portia, he incorrectly chooses gold and promises to leave her and never marry.
Act 2, Scene 8
Salerio and Solanio discuss how Lorenzo and Jessica escaped, and how upset Shylock was from losing his money and child.
Act 2, Scene 9
The Prince of Aragon plays the marriage game and chooses silver. Portia is told that Bassanio is coming.
Act 3, Scene 1
Antonio's ships have all sunk, meaning he will not be able to repay Shylock. Shylock, angry over Jessica, seeks revenge.
Act 3, Scene 2
Bassanio correctly chooses Portia, Gratiano asks to marry Nerissa, and word from Venice describes Antonio's trouble.
Act 3, Scene 3
Shylock arrests Antonio and will not listen to his pleas, Antonio resigns himself to his fate.
Act 3, Scene 4
Portia and Nerissa plan to follow Bassanio and Gratiano in disguise, leaving their house to Lorenzo and Jessica.
Act 3, Scene 5
Launcelot, Lorenzo and Jessica discuss marriage and relationships. Jessica praises Portia and Lorenzo for their virtue.
Act 4, Scene 1
Antonio is on trial, but Portia (as a lawyer) wins the case for him. Shylock is disgraced. Portia tests her husband.
Act 4, Scene 2
Portia discovers that Bassanio was willing to give away his ring, on Antonio's request, and plans to make him repent.
Act 5, Scene 1
Portia and Nerissa pretend to have slept with the lawyers to win back their rings, the women's plots are revealed.