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Don Quixote
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  • On hearing this Merlin said, "That will not do, for the lashes worthy Sancho has to receive must be given of his own free will and not by force, and at whatever time he pleases, for there is no fixed limit assigned to him; but it is permitted him, if he likes to commute by half the pain of this whipping, to let them be given by the hand of another, though it may be somewhat weighty."

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as in: commute from New Jersey Define
a regular journey of some distance -- typically between home and work
as in: commute the sentence Define
to exchange a penalty for one that is less severe
as in: commutative property of addition Define
math: the order in which two numbers are added or multiplied does not change their sum or product (2+3=3+2) and (47=74)
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