Today I had lunch with my close friend, Antonio. We had a gracious meal and chatted over recent events. I owe Antonio more than my life already, but today I asked him for yet another loan, in order to embark on my quest to wed the fair Portia. I understand that 3,000 ducats is no small amount, and that I hardly deserve another cent from my friend. Even still, I truly believe that after I complete this quest, and am married to the rich Portia, I shall be able to repay all more debts to him, with extra.