Portia

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  • A rich heiress in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.By the terms of her father's will she is bound to marry the suitorwho chooses from three caskets (one each of gold, silver, and lead)the one containing her portrait. Her preferred suitor, Bassanio, choosescorrectly. Later, disguised as a doctor of law, she successfully defendsBassanio's friend Antonio from Shylock's claim for a poundof his flesh.
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