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The law trumps power. This is the basis of democracy and allows us to enjoy privacy in our lives but the law is abstract and bureaucratic. Some people are pining for strong leaders who rule by decree, disregarding the law when it suits them and their numbers are growing. What does this mean? »He who does not respect the law is as powerful as he who has no law,« observes Odoardo, whose daughter has caught the attention of the Prince. But Emilia has been promised to another, the Count Appiani. In order that his master can attain this woman, the politician Marinelli plans to kidnap Emilia and murder Appiani on their wedding day. Power takes what it wants. Where does this leave Odoardo and Emilia? Lessing's drama examines the incursion of despotism into the private sphere.