By William Shakespeare
Bassanio wants to get married but he has no money and a lot of debts. He asks his friend Antonio for a loan but Antonio is waiting for his ships to return. Until then he has nothing to lend. To help Bassanio he borrows money from a money-lender – and agrees to an unusual condition. If Antonio cannot repay the loan in three months the money-lender will cut a pound of flesh from his body. Will Antonio be able to repay the loan? Or will he die?
16,776 words in length (excluding activities)
Penguin classic story
Activities at the end of the book