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The Store

Bassanio is a man in love, but in order to marry thewoman he loves he needs money. An unremitting debtor, he not only seeks tomarry the fair Portia of Belmont for love, but also for the vast wealth she hasinherited. But to marry the woman he loves, Bassanio needs money. Enter hiscousin, Antonio, a rich merchant of Venice. With all his money tied up in hislatest enterprises, Antonio has no money to give his kinsman, but he agrees totake out a loan to give Bassanio the money that he needs. The two men go to Shylock, a money lender and a man that hates Antonio with a passion. WithAntonio at his mercy, Shylock sees a chance for revenge that he doesn't intendto waste.
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