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  • But the verb-grinder engendered in his noddle a most ingenious device, by which to keep this troublesome young lordling in awe, without trenching on his foolish father's injunctions. This scheme was no other than to flog me when ever that scape-grace Leganez had incurred the penalty of the rod, and this vicarious execution was inflicted with the utmost rigour.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 5 ch. 1

    September 19, 2008