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JK Rowling refuses to cry

Testifying in a New York court because she believes a lexicon of her work would infringe her copyrght, the author JK Rowling was close to tears, but is supposed to have said, "I really don't want to cry because I'm British." (The quote has also appeared as simply "I don't want to cry.")

Was Rowling referring to the idea that "a person can display fortitude in the face of adversity, and exercise self-restraint in the expression of emotion"? That seems to describe the fictional Harry Potter pretty well, and HM The Queen as we have seen her.

We know there are times to cry - each of us has experienced them. Shakespeare's Queen Elizabeth weeps over her grandchildren in Richard III. Lear weeps at Cordelia's death.

There is also a time not to cry.

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