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"In my school days, when I had lost one shaft, I shot his fellow of the selfsame flight.'

- Shakespeare

Bassanio

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Released: Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris

Rarity: Legendary

Category: Other

Other SubCategory: Jumpship

Affiliations: Eververse

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The message is for those that test the limits of mercy. If you do not judge by outward appearance then you are sure to succeed and triumph over fools.

With risk comes reward…

Definition Summary

The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare is a dramatic comedy in which the character Bassanio, who is bad with money, gets help from his best friend Antonio to land Portia, the richest & fairest girl in Belmont. To do so he borrows a loan from a moneylender named Shylock, wagering a “pound of flesh” if he fails.

What’s so intriguing about Bassanio is that he loves his lavish lifestyle, but he’s really bad with money. When we meet Bassanio, one of the first things out of his mouth is:

Tis not unknown to you, Antonio,

How much I have disabled mine estate, 130

By something showing a more swelling port

Than my faint means would grant continuance

Which basically means hey buddy I know you have lent me money in the past but could you help me out yet again, I’ve got a great idea. What follows next is found in the flavor text of this ship and is the most important piece.

In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft,

I shot his fellow of the self-same flight

The self-same way with more advised watch,

To find the other forth, and by adventuring both 150

I oft found both: I urge this childhood proof,

Because what follows is pure innocence.

I owe you much, and, like a wilful youth,

That which I owe is lost; but if you please

To shoot another arrow that self way 155

Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt,

As I will watch the aim, or to find both

Or bring your latter hazard back again

And thankfully rest debtor for the first

In this speech, Bassanio explains that back when he was a schoolboy, if he had lost an arrow, he would try to find it by shooting another arrow in the same direction, watching the second arrow more carefully than the first one. So by risking the second arrow, he could often find both of them. He is also using this childhood example to explain that just like the way he got the lost arrow by shooting another one, he wants Antonio to give him another loan. Essentially, he will try to use it very carefully so that he can get enough money to pay off all his debts, or at least pay off his latest loan and remain grateful for the previous loans.

Bassanio has fallen for the the richest & fairest girl in Belmont, Portia. Bassanio’s love for the wealthy Portia leads him to borrow money from Shylock with Antonio as his guarantor. Antonio, out of love for his friend Bassanio, signs the mischievous Shylock’s contract and almost loses his life. Antonio is hated by Shylock the Jewish moneylender in Venice. Angered by his mistreatment at the hands of Venice’s Christians, he holds Antonio responsible for all the wrongs done by him and others in his religion. Shylock schemes to get revenge by ruthlessly demanding a pound of Antonio’s flesh as penalty for Antonio’s defaulting on a loan.

Portia, as the wealthy heiress from Belmont, was bound by a clause in her father’s will that forced her to marry whichever suitor chooses correctly in a challenge among three caskets of gold, silver, or lead. Bassanio nonetheless proves himself a worthy suitor, correctly identifying the casket that contains Portia’s portrait because he understood the riddles written on top. Portia wanted to marry her true love, Bassanio, and becomes the cleverest of the play’s characters, seen in her disguising herself as a young male law clerk in an attempt to save Antonio from Shylock’s knife.

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