Winter Storms Cruel and Fierce

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

 

While reading this afternoon on the law for mundane slip-and-fall cases, I happened upon an opinion with a literary flare.  Regarding the hazards of snow and ice, the judge quoted one of the  Pilgrims who sailed to the wilds of America on the Mayflower, Reverend William Bradford, writing 400 years ago:  “they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places . . .”  I wondered if the writer amused himself by tossing this splash of color into the often-bland landscape of legal writing.  And I thought to myself that Bradford could have been writing about the previous two Michigan winters.

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