At the moment, all I have are pictures from my phone…
Meet my new roomie.
Poria is Shakespeare’s heroine from The Merchant of Venice. She talked about green-eyed jealousy…and my Portia has the most beautiful eyes you have ever seen!!
But not just that, the character description of Shakespeare’s Portia is VERY similar to the attitude of this Portia cat:
A rich, beautiful, very intelligent heiress, she is bound by the lottery set forth in her father’s will, which gives potential suitors the chance to choose between three caskets composed of gold, silver and lead. If they choose the right casket – the casket containing Portia’s portrait – they win Portia’s hand in marriage.
She is beautiful, gracious, rich, intelligent, quick witted and with high standards in men. She obeys her father’s will while having a determination to obtain Bassanio while being tactful to the Princes of Morocco and Arragon who unsuccessfully seek her hand. In the court scenes, Portia finds a technicality in the bond, thereby outwitting Shylock and saving Antonio’s life when everyone else fails. Yet she also shows immense injustice and cruelty towards the Job-like figure of Shylock and those who are sympathetic with Shylock see her as the epitome of blunt, barbaric, Christian primitivism. It is Portia who delivers one of the most famous speeches in The Merchant of Venice:
The quality of mercy is not strain’d.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
The strength of Portia as a role has made it attractive to many notable actresses, regardless of her ruthlessness.
a “cold, snobbish little bitch”
The whole concept of the ‘rhetoric’ is brought into light by Portia: The idea that an unjust argument may win through eloquence, loopholes and technicalities, regardless of the moral question in hand.
And the final reason that made me select the name, Portia:
‘g’ was almost ‘Portia’. It was a close tie between Greta and Portia for my parents. I’m glad they went with Greta, but have a special fondness to the unusual name of Portia.
The names I almost selected:
Emma – This was Hannah’s choice. I really liked it. Very Jane Austen’ish. And Portia looks very similar to an Emma.
Hazel – Harriet’s choice. She said ‘Hazel’ sounded like a crazy old cat lady name. And her eyes…
Rorschach – Scott’s suggestion. And seriously, the patches on Portia’s back look just like the Rorschach ink blot tests.
This was harder than naming my children. But Portia it is.
More Portia pictures to come. (when daylight is working for me)