If he had hesitated for one instant to punish Oliver most severely, it must be quite clear to every experienced reader that he would have been, according to all precedents in disputes of matrimony established, a brute, an unnatural husband, an insulting creature, a base imitation of a man, and various other agreeable characters too numerous for recital within the limits of this chapter.
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Precedent set by the Supreme Court must be followed by all lower courts.
It could happen—possibly, unlikely, but there is precedent—that the river might sweep my body all the way to the ocean.