| Quote #10
Bassanio seems to choose friendship over love here. Maybe it's because he thinks his friend is about to die, or maybe it's because he just married for money. Either way, Portia (disguised here as Balthazar) knows exactly where she stands, but she resolves to do something about it. Keep reading...
| Quote #11
Here Antonio convinces his BFF to give "Balthazar" Portia's ring. Not knowing that Portia has just saved his backside, Antonio still insists that his friendship be valued over her love. It's like he's jockeying with her for the primary spot in Bassanio's heart. Seriously, he just nagged Bassanio into giving up the equivalent of his wedding ring! But this completely backfires for Antonio, because Portia later confronts her husband about giving up the love token and guilt-trips him into being a better husband. You can read more about this ring business in "Symbols."