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- n. A balanced position between two opposite extremes.
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On the whole, though, I ain't sure I don't prefer the happy medium — like Elspeth, and Lola, and Irma, and Josette, and Fetnab, and … Elspeth.
She concludes with a pregnant sentence: “Let our prison discipline be severe in proportion to the enormity of the crimes of those on whom it is exercised, and let its strictness be such as to deter others from a similar course of iniquity, but let us ever aim at the diminution of crime through the just and happy medium of the REFORMATION OF CRIMINALS.”
The happy medium means respectability, and respectability means insipidness.