Lawyer Thoughts of the Day

By July 21, 2009Briefly Legal

Two good reads today on legal topics of interest to business.

And having attended the Shakespeare Theatre production of “King Lear” over the weekend, we learned that Shakespeare had other lines about lawyers (other than Henry VI’s “first thing we do…”). In Act I, Scene IV he Fool entertains and reproves the King with a rhyme. Kent, listening, dismisses the recitation saying, “This is nothing, Fool.”

Fool: Then tis like the breath of an unfee’d lawyer–you gave me nothing for’t. Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle?
Lear: Why, no, boy. Nothing can be made out of nothing.

The play is 400 years old.

P.S. And since you ask, the high point of the Robert Falls’ production was the opening scene, brilliantly staged and even choreographed, with Stacy Keach’s Lear being someone you could at least recognize as having human qualities. After that, oh, very good. But can we give the gratuitous sex and Rolling Stones’ songs a rest, finally?

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