OK, so Huizinga claims that law (and particularly the sort of contest that takes place in courtroom battles) is a form of play. I do not agree—at all. There may be a contest between lawyers to “win,” but they are not playing with Monopoly money here: people's lives are at stake, and when somebody “loses,” it may mean life or death. Let’s see...is this stressful?? Courtroom battles are not “beautiful”—quite frankly they are often hideous and, to say the least, a courtroom is not a place I would like to take my family for a picnic.
[Lightly edited to improve readability —TKT]