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Melancholy

The Sadness of the Merchant

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In the opening lines of The Merchant of Venice, the young merchant Antonio is questioned by his friends about his sadness. His friends Salarino, Solanio and Gratiano attempt to determine why Antonio is sad. Antonio denies that his sadness is about his concern for his investments in merchandise at sea. When asked if his melancholy is because he is in love,
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There’s little of the melancholy element in her

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There’s little of the melancholy element in
her, my lord. She is never sad but when she sleeps,
and not ever sad then, for I have heard my daughter
say she hath often dreamt of unhappiness and
waked herself with laughing.
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 335

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I prithee, pretty youth, let me be  better acquainted with thee

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Jaques
I prithee, pretty youth, let me be  better
acquainted with thee.
Rosalind, as Ganymede
They say you are a melancholy fellow.
Jaques
I am so. I do love it better than laughing.

I had rather have a fool to make me merry
than experience to make me sad

Rosalind,
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Act 4
Scene 1
Line 1

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