Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, hates Antonio. Bassanio, in need of money, approaches Antonio for a loan so that he can pursue Portia, as he is in love with her, and wants to marry her. Antonio at that time cannot afford the amount of the loan, and instead he advises Bassanio to approach Shylock for the loan on the security of an approaching shipment on Antonio's ships.
Shylock agrees to extend the loan to Bassanio. The loan amount is to be repaid in three months and no interest will be charged, but in case of failure to repay the loan, Shylock asks for a pound of Antonio's flesh. Portia, as a lawyer, saves Antonio from having a "pound of flesh" cut off his body, using her clever wit.
The phrase "pound of flesh" means something which is owed that is required to be paid back: a lawful but unnecessary repayment. In the phrase meaning the words "unnecessary repayment" are included. Had SHYLOCK DECIDED BEFOREHAND AND WAS DETERMINED TO KILL ANTONIO. Does this clause also say "lawful", The phrase has a double meaning which could have been made use in the court? Who helped Antonio from behind with the one who pleaded for Antonio? Perhaps Shylock did not want to thwart Portia's marriage with Bassanio either. He was concerned with Jessica's future too. So the bond was cleverly drafted. I am sure Shylock saved the case in favor of Antonio from behind. What Bassanio did with the huge amount of money, spent with Portia, spent on luxurious living or kept a big part for repayment of the loan. Maybe there was a playful attempt of the three, even four persons even though not a conspiracy but is the plot. It is hard to believe that Shylock, a seasoned moneylender, had not gone through the bond. So I have referred to the word "Humor": Shylock was not unaware of it, whose only aim was to insult Antonio. A fine comedy play though.
My question is how Antonio saved his pound of flesh? Was it that the bond and deed were cleverly drafted, so execution was nearly impossible?