Shakespeare in fact and in criticism

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byAppleton Morgan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ... and charged with vagrancy under certain statutes defining that charge. A young lawyer, quite as innocent of employment as the accused, eager for matter, volunteered for the defense. Noticing that the alleged "vagrant" was perfectly well dressed, he said to the justice: "Your Honor, I observe that the defendant wears very good clothes, and I think there is, or at any rate ought to be, a decision of the Court of Errors and Appeals that a man who wears good clothes cannot properly be called a ' vagrant.'" An impression had evidently been made upon his Honor, and the young lawyer sat down. Nothing more was offered for the defense, and the justice summed up in these words: "I am of opinion that the defendant wears good clothes, and that a man who wears good clothes cannot properly be called a vagrant. But as the defendant hasn't proved to the satisfaction of the court where he got them clothes, I'll bind him over for larceny." The action of our delegate Amicus Curiae Portia (being ordered by this court to find in the plaintiff Shylock's favor for the full amount of the defendant's debt, with interests and costs), coupling with her judgment to that effect a judgment against the plaintiff for meditated murder, reminds this court of nothing else than the binding over for larceny of a well-dressed man accused of vagrancy. Even if the plaintiff had seriously intended to murder the defendant--a fact which (without such an assault as would enable a jury, or perhaps, even a Portia to presume it) could be known only to an omnipotent searcher of hearts--it would be interesting to inquire from whence our interesting delegate Amicus Curiae, Portia, supposed herself invested with a jurisdiction over the thoughts of mankind.1 1 Had the learned judge been...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ... and charged with vagrancy under certain statutes defining that charge. A young lawyer, quite as innocent of em...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021725361X

ISBN - 13:9780217253611

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