Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The benefit of law

Roper: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!

More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

Roper: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!

More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you - where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast - man's laws, not God's - and if you cut them down - and you're just the man to do it - d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.

-from Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons".

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1 Comments:

At 12:22 PM, December 21, 2005, Blogger kendra said...

one thing i always loved about historical depictions of thomas more, is that he's even more melodramatic than he was in real life.

 

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