Legal Wit — Hell Hath No Fury

Legal Wit — Hell Hath No Fury
At the opening of the trial, once again I strongly cautioned both parties of the potential consequences that could arise from continuing on with the litigation, … I admonished both of them to carefully consider their positions before proceeding further and I virtually begged them to try to resolve their differences. I remain firmly of the view that it should have been possible at that point for both parties to walk away, perhaps with de minimus financial recognition to each other of the respective claims that they make in the monetary dispute which continued to divide them, if only to permit both of them to save face.

Regrettably, that was not to be. I was reminded of the famous phrase from William Congreve's restoration comedy, The Mourning Bride, written in 1697, (and frequently wrongly attributed to William Shakespeare), that

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned.

Plainly, this was poetry that fully described and applies to both of them.

Jones v. Jones |
2014 CarswellOnt 3552 |
Ontario Superior Court of Justice
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