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 life-partner.
1 2 1