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July 20th, 2014

The law is an ass. Or perhaps a crocodile

Said it before.
Saying it again.
Never a dull moment in India, my friends.

croc

 

And, by the way, is “forester” a real word?  If not, it is now.

4 comments to The law is an ass. Or perhaps a crocodile

  • Anonymous

    “If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble,… “the law is a ass—a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience—by experience.”
    -CHARLES DICKENS, Oliver Twist, chapter 51, p. 489 (1970). First published serially 1837–1839

  • christine

    You have to wonder what old Charles D would’ve made of the crocodile! Suspect he would have found it hilarious…

  • Anonymous

    Actually the context of the quote is even funnier-
    When the character Mr. Bumble is informed that “the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction”. Mr. Bumble replies, “if the law supposes that … the law is a [sic] ass—a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience—by experience.”
    Anyhoo…..evidently Charles D wasn’t too terribly fond of Indians-
    ‘In response to the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Dickens advocated genocide against the Indian race writing the allegorical The Perils of Certain English Prisoners. In Perils Dickens describes the “native Sambo”, a paradigm of the Indian mutineers, as a “double-dyed traitor, and a most infernal villain” who takes part in a massacre of women and children, in an allusion to the Cawnpore Massacre. Dickens was much incensed by the massacre in which over a hundred English prisoners, most of them women and children, were killed, and on 4 October 1857 wrote in a private letter to Baroness Burdett-Coutts: “I wish I were the Commander in Chief in India. … I should do my utmost to exterminate the Race upon whom the stain of the late cruelties rested …”.
    Now that’s not very nice.

  • christine

    Thank you SO much for such an interesting comment. Brilliant stuff.

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