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Re: Merchant Wedding
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0768  Wednesday, 12 April 2000.

[1]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2000 10:21:16 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0757 Merchant Wedding

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2000 13:44:04 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0757 Merchant Wedding

[3]     From:   Helen Ostovich <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2000 18:11:12 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0757 Merchant Wedding


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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Apr 2000 10:21:16 -0400
Subject: 11.0757 Merchant Wedding
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0757 Merchant Wedding

The marriage has been solemnized ("first go to church and call me wife")
but not consummated (so theoretically it might be annulled-and I suspect
the thought at least flashes through Bassanio's head). Portia might also
make a legal argument that giving herself and her property was
contingent on Bassanio retaining the ring.

Dana

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Apr 2000 13:44:04 -0400
Subject: 11.0757 Merchant Wedding
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0757 Merchant Wedding

John Amos asks when the marriage of Portia and Bassanio takes place.
Portia tells us, having heard the story of the bond and the threat to
Antonio: "First go with me to church and call me wife, / And then away
to Venice to your friend" (Norton 3.2.302-03); the process would only
take a few minutes.

David Evett

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From:           Helen Ostovich <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Apr 2000 18:11:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 11.0757 Merchant Wedding
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0757 Merchant Wedding

The marriage of Bassanio and Portia takes place just after casket scene,
following Bassanio's receiving Antonio's letter:

PORTIA ...
First go with me to church and call me wife,
And then away to Venice to your friend;
For never shall you lie by Portia's side
With an unquiet soul.  You shall have gold
To pay the petty debt twenty times over.
When it is paid, bring your true friend along.
My maid Nerissa and myself meantime
Will live as maids and widows.  Come, away.
For you shall hence upon your wedding day.

We don't need to see it on stage to understand that it has happened by
Portia's order before he gets the money and permission to return to
Venice.

Helen
 

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