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Bassanio chooses the lead casket, which is the correct one, and happily agrees to marry Portia that very night.I Antonio finds himself in a pinch. Two of his ships have already wrecked in transit, and Antonio's creditorsare grumbling about repayment. Word comes to Bassanio about Antonio's predicament, and he hastens back to Venice, leaving Portia behind. Portia, travels after him with her maid, Nerissa; they disguise themselves as a lawyer and clerk, respectively. When Bassanio arrives, the loan is in default and Shylock is demanding his pound of flesh. E The duke, who sits in judgment, will not intervene. Portia enters in her guise as a lawyer to defend Antonio. Portia declares that Shylock may have his pound of flesh so long as he draws no blood And Shylock has conspired to murder a Venetian citizen; he has forfeited his wealth as well as his loan. Half is to go to the city, and half is to go to AntonioIn the end, Antonio gives back his half of the penalty on the condition that Shylock bequeath it to his disinherited daughter, Jessica. Shylock also must convert to Christianity. A broken and defeated Shylock accepts in a piteously moving scene. As the play ends, news arrives that Antonio's remaining ships are returned to port; with the exception of the humiliated Shylock, all will share in a happy ending

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