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I am a learned legal scholar and Portia’s cousin, serving as a vital behind-the-scenes character. Although I never appear on stage, my presence significantly influences the plot’s outcome. When Portia seeks my advice to help Antonio, I provide her with the legal knowledge and attire to convincingly impersonate a learned lawyer. My role, though invisible, is instrumental in swaying the course of Antonio’s trial in his favour. I embody wisdom and resourcefulness, enabling Portia to navigate the intricate legal system and save her husband’s dear friend. Through my unseen influence, I highlight the importance of knowledge and strategic intervention, demonstrating that even those who aren’t physically present can significantly impact events.