Act 1 scene 2
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Portia is lamenting how she must choose a husband while she is bound by her late father's wishes. In the end she cannot choose who she really likes but must choose the man that passes her father's test.
O me, the word “choose!” I may neither choose whom I would nor refuse whom I dislike—so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father. Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one nor refuse none?