My reason is as well convinced that these gentry were as utterly worthless and debauched villains, as it is that the laws and jails hardened them in their evil courses, or that their wonderful escapes were effected by the prison-turnkeys who, in those admirable days, had always been felons
themselves, and were, to the last, their bosom-friends and pot-companions.
knight, who had taken another spear, watching the moment when his formidable antagonist was most closely pressed, galloped against him in hopes to nail him with his lance against the tree, when his purpose was again intercepted by Wamba.
Postponing, therefore, for the present, my suicidal design, I just slipped my nether extremities into the sleeves of my coat, and betook myself to a pursuit of the felon
with all the nimbleness which the case required and its circumstances would admit.
Farebrother held that view of things dangerous: Nature was more just than that; it would be easy for any felon
to say that his ancestors ought to have been hanged instead of him.
And against that, I have the misfortune to be a convicted felon
, who has spent the last ten or a dozen years amongst the scum of the earth, engaged in degrading tasks, and with no identity save a number.
This was possible, because, a servant seeking a servant's billet, he was expected to stand and face the four seated ones as if they were judges on the bench and he the felon
in the dock.
Yesterday, Caesar was not so great; to-day, the felon
at the gallows' foot is not more miserable.
In regard to Sophia, it is more than probable that we shall somewhere or other provide a good husband for her in the end--either Blifil, or my lord, or somebody else; but as to poor Jones, such are the calamities in which he is at present involved, owing to his imprudence, by which if a man doth not become felon
to the world, he is at least a
Neither he nor Saxon could make anything of it, and both scoffed at the idea of a felon
Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon
in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and dies a Penitent.
The lips which had been compressed in dogged sullenness throughout, quivered and parted involuntarily; the face turned ashy pale as the cold perspiration broke forth from every pore; the sturdy limbs of the felon
trembled, and he staggered in the dock.
113) Every year, state courts convict about 800,000 additional nonviolent felons