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lacyace | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2008 at 3:16 AM via web

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The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers or If tyranny is to prevail, tyrants must first kill all the lawyers.  Which quote correct?

Is there somewhere else in his plays quoting " if tyranny is to prevail, tyrants must first kill all the lawyers"

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted October 7, 2008 at 5:19 AM (Answer #2)

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in Henry VI, Part 2 Act IV, Scene 2, the following lines are spoken:

CADE
I thank you, good people: there shall be no money;
all shall eat and drink on my score; and I will
apparel them all in one livery, that they may agree
like brothers and worship me their lord.

DICK
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

CADE
Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable
thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should
be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled
o'er, should undo a man? Some say the bee stings:
but I say, 'tis the bee's wax; for I did but seal
once to a thing, and I was never mine own man
since. How now! who's there?

Below are direct links to the text of the lines, and a link to an explanation of the scene.

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