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And those to whom the wrong can be readily compensated, or more than compensated by just acts, because such wrongs admit of an easy cure;—an instance of this is the saying of Jason of Pherae, that we are bound to commit some wrongs in order that we may have the opportunity of doing justice on a larger scale. The saying itself is to be found in somewhat different words in Plutarch, πολ. παραγγέλμ. 817 F (Buhle), it was always applied, ἐφ᾽ οἷς ἐβιάζετο καὶ παρηνώχλει τινὰς ἀεὶ λεγομένην, to his various acts of oppression and annoyance, ὡς ἀναγκαῖον ἀδικεῖν τὰ μικρὰ τοὺς βουλομένους τὰ μέγαλα δικαιοπραγεῖν. This is in fact Robin Hood's plea, that he robbed the rich to give to the poor. This topic may be further illustrated by Bassanio's appeal to the judge, Merchant of Venice, Act IV. Sc. 1, line 209, And I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority: To do a great right do a little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will.
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