And if it be urged that whoever is armed will act in the same way, whether mercenary or not, I reply that when arms have to be resorted to, either by a prince or a republic, then the prince ought to go in person and perform the duty of a captain; the republic has to send its citizens, and when one is sent who does not turn out satisfactorily, it ought to recall him, and when one is worthy, to hold him by the laws so that he does not leave the command.
Of ancient mercenaries, for example, there are the Carthaginians, who were oppressed by their mercenary soldiers after the first war with the Romans, although the Carthaginians had their own citizens for captains.
And the mercenary
soldiers, waiting but the word to deluge the street with blood, showed the only means by which obedience could be secured.
And if there are only a few of them in the State, the rest of the people are well disposed, they go away and become the bodyguard or mercenary
soldiers of some other tyrant who may probably want them for a war; and if there is no war, they stay at home and do many little pieces of mischief in the city.
And now, here was the man--whom I had always believed to be a smooth-tongued impostor--justifying the very worst that I had thought of him, and plainly revealing the mercenary object of the marriage, on his side
the bare idea of a man marrying her for his own selfish and mercenary ends had never entered her head.
Godfrey Ablewhite-- at a private interview, of course--that he had, to her certain knowledge, betrayed the mercenary nature of the motive on his side.
Harthouse,' said Tom, softening in his admiration of his patron, but shaking his head sullenly too, 'you can't tell her that I ever praised her for being mercenary
to ask what the gentleman is to get with the lady,' said Mrs Merdle; 'but Society is perhaps a little mercenary
, you know, my dear.
I am the most mercenary little wretch that ever lived in the world.
But when I had been disappointed of my splendid fortune, and came to see it from day to day in other hands, and to have before my eyes what it could really do, then I became the mercenary little wretch I am.
If ever there was a mercenary plotter whose thoughts and designs were always in her mean occupation, I am the amiable creature.