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Development of "Mercy" in Lines 12-14

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The Quality of Mercy, from The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare, William. "The Merchant of Venice, Act Four, Scene One." The Merchant of Venice. N.p.: n.p., 1596. N. pag. Merchant of Venice: Entire Play. Web. 25 Aug. 2016.

In lines 12-14 (“It is… seasons justice”), the speaker develops her discussion of mercy by

A

speculating on its potential for corruption.

B

conceding it has several shortcomings.

C

describing it in an analogy to God.

D

contrasting it to divine authority.

E

identifying its ideal form.