Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #10

In our remove be thou at full ourself;
Mortality and mercy in Vienna
Live in thy tongue and heart: (1.1.4)

The Duke has given Angelo the authority to implement the death penalty or to be merciful, depending on Angelo's good judgment.  So, why does Angelo choose to execute Claudio (for the crime of fornication) when he's authorized to be lenient?

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