I belatedly noticed that the Oxford Open Air Theatre is presenting two plays this season: The Merchant of Venice as well as the play we all did sets for, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Portia is one of my heroines. It's partly her fault that I got into law.

Portia's Speech

The quality of mercy is not strain'd, 
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven 
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: 
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. 
'T is mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes 
The throned monarch better than his crown; 
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, 
The attribute to awe and majesty, 
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; 
But mercy is above this sceptred sway, 
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, 
It is an attribute to God himself; 
And earthly power doth then show likest God's, 
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew, 
Though justice be thy plea, consider this, 
That in the course of justice none of us 
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy; 
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render 
The deeds of mercy.

William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice", Act 4 scene 1

I think I've done everything on the itinerary now.

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