The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0706 Wednesday, 21 April 1999.
Date: Wednesday, 21 Apr 1999 08:59:51 +0200
Subject: 10.0694 Who Chooseth Me
Comment: Re: SHK 10.0694 Who Chooseth Me
John Velz wrote:
>But in a larger sense this inscription is about marriage itself,
>a person entering into marriage must give and hazard all he/she has. So
>when he contemplates the leaden choice, B. is in effect choosing
>marriage. A nice touch in the play.
In the early modern period, however, it was the woman who gave and
hazarded all she had; her property legally became the property of her
husband, and it's Portia who has the pretty speech about giving
everything she has to Bassanio.
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