Merchant of Venice

Quotations of Act I, about the character´s mood and feelings

quoatations that explain the characters feeling and mood

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Tis not unknown to you, Antonio,
How much I have disabled mine estate
By something showing a more swelling port
Than my faint means would grant continuance. Act 1 sc 1

Here Bassanio is pretty distressed about his estate. His business has not been going well and he is in debt. Bassanio is pretty depressed.

What should I say to you? Should I not say
"Hath a dog money? Is it possible
A cur can lend three thousand ducats?" Or
Shall I bend low and, in a bondman's key...Act 1 sc 3

Here Shylock voices the irony of Antono (a Christian) wanting something from him (a Jew) He points out that he is considered nothing more than a dog by Christians yet his money is good enough for them.