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Act 5
SCENE I. A churchyard
Enter two Clowns, with spades, etc.
First Clown
Is she to be buried in Christian burial that wilfully seeks her own salvation?
Second Clown
I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and
finds it Christian burial.
First Clown
How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her own defence?
Second Clown
Why, 'tis found so.
First Clown
It must be 'se offendendo;' it cannot be else. For here lies the point: if I drown myself
wittingly, it argues an act: and an act hath three branches: it is, to act, to do, to perform:
argal, she drowned herself wittingly.
Second Clown
Nay, but hear you, goodman delver,--
First Clown
Give me leave. Here lies the water; good: here stands the man; good; if the man go to this
water, and drown himself, it is, will he, nill he, he goes,--mark you that; but if the water
come to him and drown him, he drowns not himself: argal, he that is not guilty of his own
death shortens not his own life.
Second Clown
But is this law?
First Clown
Ay, marry, is't; crowner's quest law.
Second Clown
Will you ha' the truth on't? If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been
buried out o' Christian burial.