Merchant of Venice

Act 1, Scene 2

When does portia's father come up with the idea with the caskets?

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"Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations. Therefore the lottery that he hath devised in these three chests of gold, silver, and lead, whereof who chooses his meaning chooses you, will no doubt never be chosen by any rightly but one who shall rightly love. But what warmth is there in your affection towards any of these princely suitors that are already come?"

He comes up with the idea of the three caskets on his deathbed.


The Merchant of Venice

on his death bed

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