I have a question about the pastry incident in Wednesday WarsWell I have a question… The book I’m reading is called Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt! Why does Mrs.Baker say to Holling over...
Well I have a question…
The book I’m reading is called Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt!
Why does Mrs.Baker say to Holling over the pastry incident: “ The quality of Mercy is not straigned?” How so?
This is a quote from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and it means that mercy is a quality of human virtue that is freely given without having to be earned or deserved. The lines immediately after the one you ask about are these:
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath.
She is telling Holling that she will be merciful and forgive him with the ease with which rain falls from heaven, despite the fact that he is guilty of pastry ruination.
This is a famous quote, so knowing it is not really that impressive. In answer to your second question, I do not think that this changes Holling’s opinion very much. It does make an impression on Holling that Mrs.Baker is a forgiving person.