A GRAVEDIGGER and the
OTHER gravedigger enter.
In Shakespeare’s time, people who committed
suicide were not given a Christian burial.
I’m telling you, yes. So finish that grave right away.
The coroner examined her case and says it should be a Christian
But how, unless she drowned in self-defense?
That’s what they’re saying she did.
Sounds more like “self-offense,” if you ask
me. What I’m saying is, if she knew she was drowning
herself, then that’s an act. An act has three sides to
it: to do, to act, and to perform. Therefore she must have known she
was drowning herself.
No, listen here, gravedigger sir—
Let me finish. Here’s the water, right? And
here’s a man, okay? If the man goes into the water and
drowns himself, he’s the one doing it, like it or not.
But if the water comes to him and drowns him, then he
doesn’t drown himself. Therefore, he who is innocent of
his own death does not shorten his own life.
Is that how the law sees it?