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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. "
The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature - Page 395
1844
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Oliver Twist, Or, The Parish Boy's Progress

Charles Dickens - Fiction - 2003 - 553 pages
...Venice, 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 do a little wrong, / And curb this cruel devil of his will'. Portia replies, 'It must not be.' 2. Toor...
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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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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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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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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - Reference - 2006 - 1067 pages
...rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. The Merchant of Venice act 4, sc. 1, 1. 182 (1596-1598) 80 0 a little wrong. The Merchant of Venice act 4, sc. 1, 1. 213 (1596-1598) 81 A Daniel come to judgment:...
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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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