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The Caskets The significance of the caskets inscriptions in the play The Merchant of Venice were that each message on the outside of the caskets left clues to which one is the casket that will win Portia and her fortune There were three caskets one filled with gold one filled with silver and one filled with lead The inscriptions are written in riddle-like verses that require hard thinking to under- stand them The inscriptions on the inside of the caskets are poems that teach a little sort of life lesson and then tell the suitor if he is right or wrong in the choosing The casket of gold had an exterior inscription that said Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire Morocco the first of Portias suitors that we meet chooses the gold casket because he says Why thats the lady All the world desires her He chose the wrong casket Once he opens the casket he finds a scroll that reads All that glitters is not gold- Often have you heard that told Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold Gilded tombs do worms infold Had you been as wide as bold Young in limbs in judgment old Your answer had not been enscrolled Fare you well your suit is cold This message explains the exterior inscription Many men desire the gold Morocco misunderstood and thought that the inscription meant many men desire Portia The silver casket has an inscription that says Who chooseth me shall get what he deserves Arragon the second suitor chooses the silver casket Once he opens the casket a scroll reads The fire seven times tried this Seven times tried that judgement is That did never choose amiss Some there be that shadows kiss Such have but a shadows bliss Take what wife you will to
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