What crimes can he have committed," said Don Quixote, "if they have not deserved a heavier punishment
than being sent to the galleys?
As the time of Natty’s punishment
was expired, and Benjamin found that they were to be confined, for that night at least, in the same apartment, he made no very strong objection to the measure, nor spoke of bail, though, as the sheriff preceded the party of constables that conducted them to the jail, he uttered the following remonstrance:
That the mother threatened corporal punishment
, whereat the father tremblingly intervened.
When the gods administered punishment
they stood on their legs.
And so calling-over rolls on somehow, much like the big world, punishments
lighting on wrong shoulders, and matters going generally in a queer, cross-grained way, but the end coming somehow, which is, after all, the great point.
This lady, I believe, would have abolished all gaols, punishments
, handcuffs, whippings, poverty, sickness, hunger, in the world, and was such a mean-spirited creature that--we are obliged to confess it--she could even forget a mortal injury.
Not till death--not after--not on judgment day when all shall be disclosed, thoughts and deeds, rewards and punishments
, but the secret of hearts alone shall return, forever unknown, to the Inscrutable Creator of good and evil, to the Master of doubts and impulses.
As to the crimes they were guilty of towards one another, I had nothing to do with them; they were national, and I ought to leave them to the justice of God, who is the Governor of nations, and knows how, by national punishments
, to make a just retribution for national offences, and to bring public judgments upon those who offend in a public manner, by such ways as best please Him.
On the other hand, a penalty which, in our days, would infer a degree of mocking infamy and ridicule, might then be invested with almost as stern a dignity as the punishment
of death itself.
To escape punishment
was to escape accusation; and few slaves had the fortune to do either, under the overseership of Mr.
But his imperial majesty, fully determined against capital punishment
, was graciously pleased to say, that since the council thought the loss of your eyes too easy a censure, some other way may be inflicted hereafter.
It is indeed," said the genius, "and because of it I grant to you the third part of the punishment
of this merchant.