| Quote #7
Alack, what heinous sin is it in me
Jessica can't wait to elope with Lorenzo, but why? As literary critic Janet Adelman points out in Blood Relations, "marriage appears to occur to her largely as a way to escape" from being her father's daughter (71). Later, when Jessica declares "I shall be saved by my husband. He hath made me a Christian" (3.5.3), we can see that Jessica really is ashamed of being the Jewish daughter of Shylock. Check out "Quotes: Race" for more on this.
| Quote #8
Beshrew me but I love her heartily;
From the looks of this passage, Lorenzo seems to genuinely love Jessica, who is in the process of running off to marry him. Still, we can't help but notice that the marriage is a lucrative hookup for Lorenzo. When Jessica sneaks out of her dad's house, she steals a bunch of gold and says, "I will make fast the doors and gild myself / With some more ducats" (2.6.5). So even if Lorenzo doesn't just marry Jessica for her money, the play certainly makes her out to be, like Portia, a meal ticket.
| Quote #9
Here Nerissa is commenting on the precariousness of the marriage lottery that Portia's father has arranged. But still – we don't know about you, but when we hear anyone compare "wiving" (courtship) to "hanging," we get a little nervous.