| Quote #1
Alfieri: "A lawyer means the law, and in Sicily, from where there fathers came, the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten." (1.1)
Alfieri is functioning like a Greek chorus by putting the play in a larger historical context.
| Quote #2
Alfieri: "Oh, there were many here who were justly shot by unjust men. Justice is very important here." (1.1)
How is it possible for a person to shot "justly" by and "unjust" man? What is this thing called justice anyway?
| Quote #3
Alfieri: "Now we settle for half, and I like it better." (1.1)
Settling for half means compromise to Alfieri. He sees it as the cornerstone to American style justice.