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“Captain; “for the tamned woman with the besom might have some advantage in that long dark passage, knowing the ground better than I do — tamn her, I will have amends on her, if there be whipping-post, or ducking-stool, or a pair of stocks in the parish!””
“Stocks for the men, a ducking-stool for women, and a pound for beasts.”
“Dragon will not be so civil as I am, or be contented to leave you to the charge of the constable and ducking-stool.”
“I laid her enormities clearly before her, and I threatened her, in sae mony words, that I would have her to the ducking-stool; and she, on the contrair part, miscawed me for a forward northern tyke — and so we parted never to meet again, as I hope and trust.”
“Cameron, his thought babbling over the good old days of the ducking-stool, poured himself carefully a highball that was brown.”
“Your sex are in general suspected by ours, of being too much addicted to scandal and defamation; a suspicion, which has not arisen of late years, as we find in the ancient laws of England a punishment, known by the name of ducking-stool, annexed to scolding and defamation in the women, though no such punishment nor crime is taken notice of in the men.”
“In old times, a woman who was convicted of being a common mischief-maker and scold, was sentenced to the punishment of the ducking-stool; which consisted of a sort of chair fastened to a pole, in which she was seated and repeatedly let down into the water, amid the shouts of the rabble.”
“The ducking-stool may have been a very needful piece of public furniture in those days, when it was deemed one characteristic of a notable housewife to be a good scold, and when women of a certain description sought, in the use of vituperation, that sort of excitement which they now obtain from a bottle and a glass.”
“Scolds and railers were set on a ducking-stool and dipped over head and ears three times, in running water, if possible.”
“It was the law, made and provided, that a ducking-stool should be set up”
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