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SCENE I. A churchyard
Enter two Clowns, with spades, etc.
Is she to be buried in Christian burial that wilfully seeks her own salvation?
I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and
finds it Christian burial.
How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her own defence?
Why, 'tis found so.
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.
Nay, but hear you, goodman delver,--
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.
But is this law?
Ay, marry, is't; crowner's quest law.
Will you ha' the truth on't? If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been
buried out o' Christian burial.