“Tis not unknown to you, Antonio,
How much I have disabled mine estate
By something showing a more swelling port
Than my faint means would grant continuance.
Nor do I now make moan to be abridged
From such a noble rate. But my chief care
Is to come fairly off from the great debts
Wherein my time something too prodigal,
Hath left me gaged. To you, Antonio,
I owe the most in money and in love,
And from your love I have a warranty
To unburden all my plots and purposes
How to get clear of all the debts I owe.” (1.1.129-141)
In this key quote Bassanio is really bad at managing his debts. Bassanio reveals that he 's not just broke but in serious debt—he 's living way beyond his means. When Bassanio says he owes Antonio "the most,…show more content… She doesn 't seem particularly stricken by love, but then again she might be understating. Also, she doesn 't sound like a girl who was admiring Mr. Bassanio all over Belmont.
“How like a fawning publican he looks!
I hate him for he is a Christian,
But more for that in low simplicity
He lends out money gratis and brings down
The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred nation, and he rails,
Even there where merchants most do congregate,
On me, my bargains and my well-won thrift,
Which he calls "interest." Cursed be my tribe
If I forgive him!” (1.3.41-52)
There 's no love lost between Shylock and Antonio. Shylock insists that he hates Antonio because he 's a "Christian" and because he undermines his money-lending business and talks smack about him at the Rialto (the merchant 's exchange in Venice). We also learn that Antonio hates Shylock 's "sacred nation," and we 'll soon learn just how much of an anti-Semite Antonio is.
“Signior Antonio, many a time and oft
In the Rialto you have rated me
About my moneys and my usances.