Merchant of Venice

Act1 scene1

Question1: Read the extract given below and answer the question that follow:-

solanio: Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth,

The better part of my affections would

Be with my hopes abroad.

Q- Why is Solanio giving all these reasons and explanations?

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Solanio is explaining Antonio's depression and reiterating the multiple reasons he has to be sad. Antonio cannot give the reasons himself..... so Solanio gives the for him.


In sooth, I know not why I am so sad. It wearies me; you say it wearies you. But how I caught it, found it, or came by it, What stuff ’tis made of, whereof it is born, I am to learn. And such a want-wit sadness makes of me, That I have much ado to know myself.

The Merchant of Venice