The Merchant of Venice - Study Guide Act 3, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 5 Summary

Launcelot expresses his concern to Jessica that she is going to hell for the sins of her father. Launcelot tells her that she may only be saved by the small possibility that her father is not her real father. However, Jessica tells him that she will be saved, because her husband has made her a Christian. Launcelot tells her that all these conversions will do nothing but raise the price of bacon. Lorenzo scolds Launcelot for getting Portia's Moor servant pregnant. Launcelot makes a number of jokes and leaves to prepare the table for dinner. Lorenzo asks Jessica what she thinks of Portia, and she tells him that she thinks Portia's virtues cannot be matched by any other woman in the world. Lorenzo jokes that he hopes he can be as good a husband to her as Portia is a wife to Bassanio.

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