Today my dearest friend Bassanio came to see me at my house. He was seeking my help, he wants me to lend him money so he can court the beautiful Portia, the heiress of Belmont. Who has too many ducats for one man to count in a lifetime to her name. I had to say nay to the sweet Bassanio as all my ducats where in ships out at sea. But at last I had a auspicious idea, I told him he could go to Shylock, a Jewish money leader, and borrow in my name, for when my ships in I shall have 3 nay 4 times the amount he desires.