"What is done to infanticides
in this country?" asked Major Cavalcanti innocently.
They practice infanticide
, and kill the aged and physically unfit.
The ratio of increase among all the Polynesian nations is very small; and in some places as yet uncorrupted by intercourse with Europeans, the births would appear not very little to outnumber the deaths; the population in such instances remaining nearly the same for several successive generations, even upon those islands seldom or never desolated by wars, and among people with whom the crime of infanticide
is altogether unknown.
They forget, or will not remember, that human sacrifices, and the power of an idolatrous priesthood -- a system of profligacy unparalleled in any other part of the world -- infanticide
a consequence of that system -- bloody wars, where the conquerors spared neither women nor children -- that all these have been abolished; and that dishonesty, intemperance, and licentiousness have been greatly reduced by the introduction of Christianity.
Suzanne took the bag and departed, after allowing the old bachelor to kiss her, which he did with an air that seemed to say, "It is a right which costs me dear; but it is better than being harried by a lawyer in the court of assizes as the seducer of a girl accused of infanticide
Nelson does die in the instant of victory; and a man named Williams does quite accidentally murder a man named Williamson; it sounds like a sort of infanticide
. In short, there is in life an element of elfin coincidence which people reckoning on the prosaic may perpetually miss.
(39) There is no disputing that the majority of infanticides
are perpetrated by the parents of the victims, and that the step-parents, lovers of parents, other family, and other caretakers fill out the cast of lethal agents.
This complex plot with its dramatic twists and turns will draw in YA readers, for the horror of the events described (it begins with the infanticides
), for the teenage romance of the would-be musician and the pretty girl and his rebellion against his family's demands, and for her terrible dilemma when she finds herself alone and pregnant.
The homilist must have been sufficiently worried by the numbers of abortions or infanticides
to make it the only addition to his source.
'Crime' and 'guilt' are treated both broadly (the barrier between literal criminality in the nineteenth century and actions such as lying and hypocrisy is treated rather cavalierly) and at the same time narrowly, as concerning the family and male/female relationships, exploring the implicit attitudes to adulteresses who undermine the family and reveal female power over men, to mothers (infanticides
, cruel or monstrous mothers), guilty fathers, and illegitimate sons.
We are offered a sympathetic account of arsonists reacting to breached norms (wrongful dismissal), infanticides
driven to desperate measures by the need to conform to norms (establishing a dowry), and poachers assuming roles prescribed by a rural, male, ecologically correct subculture.
policy was kept a secret from the German people, and unlike Baby Knauer, most infanticides
took place without parental consent.