William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 1600 [1619] - Antonio's melancholy, p.A2r.

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Date:1600

Description:Antonio: the merchant in Shakespeare's play of Venice.

Antonio, the Venetian merchant of the play’s title, opens the action with a lament for his depression and worry that all his wealth is at sea. There was regular shipping trade between Venice around the Mediterranean, and as far away as England in the 16th century, as silks, perfumes and spices from the east were brought to Shakespeare’s London, risking the dangers of the English Channel and the shallow seas off Dover: 'a ship of rich lading wrecked on the narrow seas: the Goodwins I think they call the place.' (The Merchant of Venice 3,1, lines 2-7).


Full title: William Shakespeare, The excellent history of the Merchant of Venice, with the extreme cruelty of Shylocke the Jew, Written by William Shakespeare. [London], printed by J. Roberts, 1600. [i.e. William Jaggard for Thomas Pavier, 1619].


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