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The Different Portraits of A Lawyer

In Charles Dickens' novel, the Pickwick Papers, one of his characters said that the "law is an ass." In Bleak House, he chronicled the dreary and endless delays of the case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce.  Anatole France, the French short story writer, said that: "The law in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges."

In American literature, these themes were reiterated with a vengeance. In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac sardonically observed: "God works wonders now and then. Behold! a lawyer, an honest man." Brome in the late 19th century said: "The Law and the Lawyer have oftener been the subject of . . . ridicule on the stage than any other class or profession." In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables, Judge Pyncheon, a descendant of one of the accusers of the Salem witches, manipulates the law, "trampling on the weak." In Willa Cather's 1923 novel of frontier life, A Lost Lady, the lawyer, Ivy Peters, is a land-speculating, Indian-cheating, political schemer, who seduces an indigent widow and achieves dominance of a Colorado town through his unethical machinations. In Rex Beach's novel of the Klon


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