Dramatis Personæ

ANTONIO, a merchant of Venice

SALERIO, SALANIO friends, to Antonio and Bassanio

BASSANIO, his friend, suitor to Portia

LORENZO, in love with Jessica

GRATIANO, friend to Antonio and Bassanio

PORTIA, a rich heiress

NERISSA, her waiting-maid

SHYLOCK, a rich Jew

THE PRINCE OF MOROCCO, suitor to Portia

LAUNCELOT GOBBO, a clown, servant to Shylock

GOBBO, father to Launcelot

LEONARDO, servant to Bassanio

JESSICA, daughter to Shylock

THE PRINCE OF ARRAGON, suitor to Portia

TUBAL, a Jew, his friend

BALTHASAR, servant to Portia


STEPHANO, servant to Portia

Nobles of Venice, Officers of the Court of Justice, jailer, servants, and other Attendants, messenger.