Why does Portia say this in The Merchant of Venice?
In Act III Scene 2 of *The Merchant of Venice* by William Shakespeare, > Portia : One half of me is yours, the other half yours. Mine own, I would say; but if mine then yours. Roughly translated it means "One half of me is yours, and the other half—my own half, I’d call it—belongs to you too. If it’s mine, then it’s yours, and so I’m all yours." Why doesn't Portia directly say that she totally belongs to Bassanio? Why take this "curved route" to end up at the same place ?