Character flaws become exaggerated; characters who believe they hold the upper hand become unyielding: first Shylock, who will be satisfied only by his pound of flesh
, then Portia, who will be satisfied only by Shylock's complete ruin.
The Duke begins the proceedings by urging Shylock to show mercy but Shylock replies that the law gives him the right to the pound of flesh
and that he need give no other reason for demanding it.
Sadly they, like Mr Assange, are finding the established order wants its pound of flesh
for daring to disturb Mr and Mrs Wales/Cornwall/Windsor and their precious Rolls, an event which gave me the biggest laugh of the year
If he can't pay back the money, Shylock can extract a pound of flesh
It tells us this book is about Jews who got their pound of flesh
As the Government won't give them any, let's get another pound of flesh
from the unemployed.
Now that we finally have a price reduction, garages are threatening to put their customers off the road to obtain their pound of flesh
Surely he must have known the unions would one day demand their pound of flesh
Flushed by the approbation of the Con-Dem Coalition, he outlines his polemic plans to hound the already beleaguered elements of society with the equally culpable George Osborne to descend like vultures upon the defenceless infirm and extract their pound of flesh
, and further compound the felonies this Coalition perpetrates to maintain the tottering citadels of privilege.
Cole will be docked a fortnight's wages, around PS240,000, when Chelsea throw the book at the wayward social networker and the FA will want their pound of flesh
WELSH film-makers are hoping to claim their own pound of flesh
from the horror genre with a new addition to the Living Dead zombie series.
According to their record company it's "an agitable, tense and tetchy melodic laceration of neo/new/no/non/post/wave, an anthemic torchbearing, porch-burning anti-opera fuelled by a rash of thrash and a pound of flesh
I had my pound of flesh
in the dressing room and I'll have another pound when we get back in training today.
1 FEEL myself getting behind a retired general (Peter Savill's column, February 28) and wanting to join his ranks vis a vis the government seeking its pound of flesh
when it has no right to sell the Tote.
The council never stints on getting their pound of flesh
but when it comes to their own.