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I just saw a very good production of the Merchant of Venice, although only Shylock and the suitors were really impressive. Portia, in particular, was one of these declaimers, and sounded loud but not natural. To wit:

Portia: "Then must the Jew be merciful."

Shylock: "On what compulsion must I? Tell me that."

Portia: "You just don't get it, do you? The quality of mercy is not strained."

At least, that's what it sounded like she said. And then I was preoccupied with trying not to laugh aloud. I blame this video.

"You Just Don't Get It, Do You?" - A Montage of Cinema's Worst Writing Cliche
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