All that glitters is not gold’ has become a very well-known proverb.
However, in the original version, which occurs in Shakespeare’s The
Merchant of Venice, the word used is not ‘glitters’ but ‘glisters’.
In this story, which takes place in Belmont near Venice, there
lives a beautiful and virtuous young lady by the name of Portia. When
her rich father dies, she inherits his fortune. During his last days,
Portia’s father was perfectly aware that, when he would be no more, his
daughter would attract a whole lot of wooers who would feign love for
her just to lay hands on her fortune. Accordingly, he devised a test of
character through which the right man would be chosen to become Portia’s