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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,... "
Much ado about nothing. The marchant of Venice. Love's labour lost. As you ... - Page 167
by William Shakespeare - 1747
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Eternal Bonds, True Contracts: Law and Nature in Shakespeare's Problem Plays

A. G. Harmon - 2004 - 195 pages
...Pleading that he would pay Antonio's debt with his own life, Bassanio asks the disguised Portia: Wrest once the law to your authority To do a great right,...little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will. (4.1.211-13) The suggestion, understandable in light of the circumstances, nevertheless reveals that...
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A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

S. P. Cerasano - 2004 - 211 pages
...will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down17 truth. And, I beseech you, 210 Wrest once18 the law to your authority. To do a great right, do...little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will. PORTIA It must not be. There is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established. 215 Twill be recorded...
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Congressional Parliamentary Reference Sources: An Introductory Guide

Ilona B. Nickels, Thomas P. Carr - 2004 - 134 pages
...notes and addenda by William T. Roy Kenneth Sprankle Paul M. Wilson BASSANIO: And I beseech you wrest once the law to your authority: to do a great right; do a little wrong. PORTIA: It must not be; * * * twill be recorded for a precedent, and many an error by the same example...
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Kill All the Lawyers?: Shakespeare's Legal Appeal

Daniel Kornstein - 2005 - 274 pages
...Shylock's definition of law. Asking Portia to make an exception, Bassanio begs: 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) Bassanio here seems to concede that it would be "wrong" not to enforce the contract, though...
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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare - 2006 - 167 pages
...not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down109 truth. And I beseech you1 10 Wrest once1 1 1 the law to your authority. To do a great right, do a little wrong, And curb this cruel divel of his will. 215 Portia It must not be, there is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established.112...
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A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature

Kieran Dolin - 2007
...the loss of a life. Bassanio appeals to Portia for what Aristotle calls 'a special ordinance': 'Wrest once the law to your authority; / To do a great right, do a little wrong' (4.1.211—12). Portia's appeal for mercy likewise draws on the discourse of equity: T have spoke thus...
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