Wm. Shakespeare on Torture

I fear you speak upon the rack,
Where men enforced do speak anything.

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2, l. 32-3. She fears Bassanio may not be honest in his protestations of love.

For Cassandra, a lover of the Bard, who needs to be reminded that torture causes the tortured to say what they think their torturers want to hear.

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