The Cauldron and the Courthouse

Dan Canon
I Taught the Law
Published in
8 min readMay 4, 2024

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The old conqueror broods and mopes, stomps and pouts. He hasn’t spoken for three days. Finally, he approaches her, his queen, his great prize, with his eyes narrowed and his nostrils flared.

You’d better think of something fast, Guthrun, she says to herself.

What’s wrong my lord? You should be out talking to the men, not wasting time on me. Oh no, of course I adore talking to you, sire. How could I not? There’s no one else to talk to after you massacred all my brothers, and…well, all the men of my race. And most of the children. And enslaved the

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Dan Canon
I Taught the Law

Civil rights lawyer, law professor, and high school dropout. Writes about the Midwest, class struggle, and the untold horrors of the legal system.