Let’s not kill them all just yet

Dick the Butcher, to Jack Cade: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

Everyone knows this bit is from Shakespeare, though few know exactly where in Shakespeare. (For the record: Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2.) And there will be times when Dick is just plain wrong:

I recently have acquired a new found respect for lawyers. The firm we engaged to do some remodeling sent me a contract to review and sign. It took me a week to gather the gumption to tackle reading it and even then it was horribly painful. It wasn’t even very long or very complicated. Short and straight forward, but it was just agony to have to wade through it. Lawyers have to deal with this shit every day. Yes, I know, it’s all their own doing, but this is world we live in, and you know that every one of those awkward phrases has been hammered out through some bitterly contested lawsuit and/or criminal trial. Thank god I don’t have to deal with this kind of shit very often.

It’s a nasty job, but somebody has to do it.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    29 July 2019 · 3:32 pm

    There’s a reason J.K. Rowling’s name for the language of snakes contains the word “parse.”

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