The Merchant of Venice - Study Guide Act 2, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

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Act 2, Scene 5 Summary

Shylock is lecturing Launcelot on how he will not receive the good treatment he has been accustomed to in his own home, now that Launcelot is working for Bassanio. Shylock calls for Jessica, and tells her that he is going to dine with Bassanio to spite him. When he learns from Launcelot that there will be a masquerade, he tells her to lock up the doors and windows and not to look out the windows at the partygoers. Launcelot exits, whispering to Jessica that a Christian is coming worth her looking out at him. Shylock reminds Jessica to lock things up so nothing gets stolen and he leaves to dine with Bassanio. Jessica bids him farewell, thinking that, if she is lucky, she will lose a father and he will lose a daughter.

Act 2, Scene 5 Analysis

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