Oh, it is impossible -- you must have saved some surer, more subtle and deadly poison than any other, that you might escape the punishment
that you deserve.
There is no sort of wrong deed of which a man can bear the punishment
alone; you can't isolate yourself and say that the evil which is in you shall not spread.
But for Defoe it was a triumph rather than a punishment. To the common people he was already a hero.
For himself he could bear it, but he had a wife and children, and to know that they were in poverty and bitter want was his hardest punishment.
But I do know that it was even more marvellous than either of the others, so that the genius was astonished, and said to the third old man, "I will give up to you the third part of the merchant's punishment
. He ought to thank all three of you for having interested yourselves in his favour.
At any moment that soft, confidence-inspiring voice might break forth in a roar of wrath, that gentle and caressing hand transform itself into a vice-like grip to hold him helpless and administer punishment
"A thing to be considered of in both is their receiving of punishments
, and I am now reminded that the girl Irene (whom I take in this matter to be your mouthpiece) complains that I am not sufficiently severe with David, and do leave the chiding of him for offences against myself to her in the hope that he will love her less and me more thereby.
He likewise urged, as the principal motive to his inflexible severity against this man, that he had basely suffered Tom Jones to undergo so heavy a punishment
for his sake, whereas he ought to have prevented it by making the discovery himself.
"I am here because I carried the joke too far with a couple of cousins of mine, and with a couple of other cousins who were none of mine; in short, I carried the joke so far with them all that it ended in such a complicated increase of kindred that no accountant could make it clear: it was all proved against me, I got no favour, I had no money, I was near having my neck stretched, they sentenced me to the galleys for six years, I accepted my fate, it is the punishment of my fault; I am a young man; let life only last, and with that all will come right.
"What crimes can he have committed," said Don Quixote, "if they have not deserved a heavier punishment than being sent to the galleys?"
followed his conduct, as did a deeper punishment
the deeper guilt of his wife.
I had brought my mind to the punishment
of that houseless trapper, with no great strivings, for the man had done me few favours, and God forgive me if I suspected him wrongfully of much evil!