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" I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er, On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart: If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority: To do a great right, do a little wrong,... "
Midsummer night's dream. Merchant of Venice. As you like it. Taming the shrew - Page 191
by William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens - 1773
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Law and Literature: Text and Theory

Lenora Ledwon - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 501 pages
...heart. If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority. To do a great right, do a linle wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will. PORTIA: It must not be. There is no power in Venice...
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Finding a Voice: Personal Response to A Level English

Mike Royston - Education - 1998 - 223 pages
...heart; If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And, I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority; To do a great right,...little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will. 1 suit: prosecution, legal action 2 impugn: call into question 3 strain'd: diluted 4 seasons: mixes...
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Shakespeare and Race

Catherine M. S. Alexander - Drama - 2000 - 233 pages
...contrast is dealt with in the exchange between Bassanio and 'Balthazar', in which Bassanio begs: Wrest once the law to your authority. To do a great right,...little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will. (4.1.212-14) - and Portia, as Balthazar, replies: It must not be. There is no power in Venice Can alter...
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The Merchant of Venice: Second Series

William Shakespeare, John Russell-Brown - Drama - 1955 - 174 pages
...If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you 21o Wrest once the law to your authority, — To do a great...wrong, — And curb this cruel devil of his will. Par. It must not be, there is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established : 215 'Twill be recorded...
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The Tragedie of Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare - 2001 - 500 pages
...declaring that he never did wrong but with just cause would differ little from what Bassanio says: "Wrest once the law to your authority: To do a great right, do a little wrong."— Mer. of Few., IV, i, 215.'— WALKER (Crit., iii, 246) asks, if the true reading be as Jonson gives...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 48

Stanley Wells - Drama - 2002 - 312 pages
...contrast is dealt with in the exchange between Bassanio and 'Balthazar', in which Bassanio begs: Wrest once the law to your authority. To do a great right,...little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will. (4.1. 212-14) - and Portia, as Balthazar, replies: It must not be. There is no power in Venice Can...
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William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

Cross, William Shakespeare - Literary Collections - 1989 - 1280 pages
...heart: If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you, Wrest / PORTIA. It must not be; there is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established: 'Twill be recorded...
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The Time is Out of Joint: Shakespeare as Philosopher of History

Agnes Heller - Fiction - 2002 - 375 pages
...thrice the sum of the money Antonio owes him, yet he has not accepted this. "And I beseech you, / Wrest once the law to your authority. / To do a great right,...little wrong, / And curb this cruel devil of his will" (4.1.211—14). Now this is a dialogue from which Shylock is excluded. They offer him money and he...
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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare, Tony Farrell - Drama - 2003 - 141 pages
...205 If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority. To do a great right...little wrong. And curb this cruel devil of his will. 210 PORTIA It must not be. There is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established. Twill be recorded...
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Oliver Twist, Or, The Parish Boy's Progress

Charles Dickens - Fiction - 2003 - 553 pages
...IV. i. 210—12, Bassanio addresses Portia (disguised as a judge, Balthasar) about Shylock: 'Wrest once the law to your authority; / To do a great right...little wrong, / And curb this cruel devil of his will'. Portia replies, 'It must not be.' 2. Toor rul lol loo, gammon and spinnage, the frog he wouldn't, and...
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