This is an installment in Guardian Culture’s “Shakespeare Solos” series.
“To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
“Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
“What cannot be preserved when fortune takes,
“Patience her injury a mock’ry makes.
“The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief,
“He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.”
— from William Shakespeare’s “Othello”