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All Fours

Identical; similar.

All fours specifically refers to two cases or decisions that have similar fact patterns and raise identical legal issues. Since the circumstances leading to their individual determinations are virtually the same, the decision rendered by the court in each case will be similar. Such cases or decisions are said to be on all fours with each other.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ALL FOURS. This is a metaphorical expression, to signify that a case agrees in all its circumstances with another case; it goes as it were upon its four legs, as an animal does.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Since it is the natives (those who "would crawl") who have degraded Kurtz ("he is crawling on all-fours"), Kurtz must "[e]xterminate all the brutes," "lest they teach" other Chosen Europeans "to make any such abominable offerings as they [the Africans] make to their gods, and you thus sin against the Lord, your God." Kurtz's decision to use the word "brutes" is important.
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Do they ever wonder why their masters walk upright in lieu of going on all-fours? and why they talk instead of grunting?" (136).
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