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" I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority: To do a great right, do a little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will. "
Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature - Page 397
1844
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Congressional Parliamentary Reference Sources: An Introductory Guide

Ilona B. Nickels, Thomas P. Carr - Political Science - 2004 - 134 pages
...Appropriations, Etc. with 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...
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Shakespeare Studied in Three Plays

Albert S. G. Canning - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 316 pages
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Eternal Bonds, True Contracts: Law and Nature in Shakespeare's Problem Plays

A. G. Harmon - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 195 pages
...law. 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, do a little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will. (4.1.211-13) The suggestion, understandable...
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Frameworks: Conflict in Balance

Mark Moorstein - Political Science - 2004 - 312 pages
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Kill All the Lawyers?: Shakespeare's Legal Appeal

Daniel Kornstein - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 274 pages
...of the flaw in 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, do a little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will. (4.1.211-14) Bassanio here seems to concede...
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Flying Too High: Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries 2

Kerry Greenwood - Fiction - 2005 - 192 pages
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The Merchant of Venice: Webster's French Thesaurus

ICON Reference - Foreign Language Study - 2006 - 140 pages
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The Merchant of Venice: Webster's Chinese-simplified Thesaurus Edition

ICON Reference - Foreign Language Study - 2006 - 136 pages
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro - Reference - 2006 - 1067 pages
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A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature

Kieran Dolin - Literary Criticism - 2007
...result, 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:...
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