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For this is your truth: ye are TOO PURE for the filth of the words: vengeance, punishment, recompense, retribution.
A just retribution, however, quickly fell upon the Eagle.
What we call retribution is the universal necessity by which the whole appears wherever a part appears.
The lessons of yesterday had been that retribution was a laggard and blind.
If there had been a possibility of making Adam tenfold amends--if deeds of gift, or any other deeds, could have restored Adam's contentment and regard for him as a benefactor, Arthur would not only have executed them without hesitation, but would have felt bound all the more closely to Adam, and would never have been weary of making retribution. But Adam could receive no amends; his suffering could not be cancelled; his respect and affection could not be recovered by any prompt deeds of atonement.
Yes, a dangerous matter -- so dangerous that even the most saintly dared only whisper their religious opinions with bated breath, lest something which fell from their lips might be misconstrued, and bring down a swift retribution upon them.
"Is it not a just retribution?" I could not help but ask.
So deeply inherent is it in this life of ours that men have to suffer for each other's sins, so inevitably diffusive is human suffering, that even justice makes its victims, and we can conceive no retribution that does not spread beyond its mark in pulsations of unmerited pain.
Think not that I shall interfere with Heaven's own method of retribution, or, to my own loss, betray him to the gripe of human law.
Excess had brought on that frightful disease that seems to throw the lurid shadows of a coming retribution back into the present life.
The retribution that followed every vengeful success was so sweeping and majestic that the boys always retired from the field badly worsted.
Exorbitant duties on imported articles would beget a general spirit of smuggling; which is always prejudicial to the fair trader, and eventually to the revenue itself: they tend to render other classes of the community tributary, in an improper degree, to the manufacturing classes, to whom they give a premature monopoly of the markets; they sometimes force industry out of its more natural channels into others in which it flows with less advantage; and in the last place, they oppress the merchant, who is often obliged to pay them himself without any retribution from the consumer.