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December 31, 2007

First I’ll be hanged.

I’ll be hanged before I give you half.  

Ironically, this is not so far from the truth.  This line anticipates the all-or-nothing attitude that prompts Volpone's dramatic 'uncasing' at V.xii.85, despite the threat of his immediate punitive sentencing by the Avocatori, in order to thwart Mosca's victory.

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