“The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth her that gives and her that takes . . . ” *
Or not, as the case may be.
Reader Paul Hoffman points out that Hazel Bryan, the white girl, sought out Elizabeth Eckford to apologize:
*Merchant of Venice, Act IV, scene 1. Gender modification with apologies to the Bard.