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  • How do we keep malefactors from abusing the system?
  • No Malefaction.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I was only aware that I was suffering exactly in the same way that my mother had and that my deserts could scarcely be more fitting; no malefactor ever endured his punishment with less rancor.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Suitable, I supposed, for the malefactors it was meant to house.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • It was like a reprieve to a dying malefactor, with a halter about his neck, and ready to be turned off.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • They were cramped like malefactors with the chain and ball.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • This gloomy fortress, which has for more than three hundred years furnished food for so many wild legends, seemed to Dantes like a scaffold to a malefactor.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I was in the condition of mind to be shocked at nothing: in fact, I was as reckless as some malefactors show themselves at the foot of the gallows.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The poor man made a clamor over it: some malefactor had been there!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The malefactor was fixed in a chair upon a scaffold erected for that purpose, and his head cut off at one blow, with a sword of about forty feet long.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels

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  • If thou fail’st To find these malefactors, thou shalt own The wages of ill-gotten gains is death.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • A general amnesty is proclaimed; all malefactors may return to their town.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He looked at Poole, and then back at the paper, and last of all at the dead malefactor stretched upon the carpet.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • And they shackled him hand and foot and would take of him ne bail ne mainprise but preferred a charge against him for he was a malefactor.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The bailiff of the courts is bound to deliver the malefactor ready judged for execution if he be a layman, to the provost of Paris; if a clerk, to the official of the bishopric.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Which be the malefactors?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • "Then," said Treville, "it was also for your Majesty’s service that one of my Musketeers, who was innocent, has been seized, that he has been placed between two guards like a malefactor, and that this gallant man, who has ten times shed his blood in your Majesty’s service and is ready to shed it again, has been paraded through the midst of an insolent populace?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The blind specialist gets into a heated argument with the protagonist, whoaccuses the specialist of fraud, and is accused in turn of being the worst sort of malefactor, one who by the way is blind to what really matters.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He passed up the staircase and into the corridor along the walls of which the overcoats and waterproofs hung like gibbeted malefactors, headless and dripping and shapeless.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It was put up in wuld times by the relations of a malefactor who was tortured there by nailing his hand to a post and afterwards hung.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Well; what benefactors are they? are they not malefactors?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • And presently we heard Mr. Hodson’s whip cracking on the shoulders of the poor little blubbering wretches, and Sir Pitt, seeing that the malefactors were in custody, drove on to the hall.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • These words, in fact, represented to her imagination something very terrible indeed, something base and cruel, which she associated with malefactors and prisoners.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • This almost unique malefactor received a pardon, and was conveyed to New York, where she changed her name, and soon afterwards married.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • We might have been hauled off to the police-station as dangerous malefactors.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • ’But yet’ is as a gaoler to bring forth Some monstrous malefactor.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • At this appeal, I could see the lass was in great trouble of mind, being tempted to help us, and yet in some fear she might be helping malefactors; and so now I determined to step in myself and to allay her scruples with a portion of the truth.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • …Toledo and master of the others who accompanied him, observing the regular order of the procession, the cart, the officers, Sancho, Rocinante, the curate and the barber, and above all Don Quixote caged and confined, could not help asking what was the meaning of carrying the man in that fashion; though, from the badges of the officers, he already concluded that he must be some desperate highwayman or other malefactor whose punishment fell within the jurisdiction of the Holy Brotherhood.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • There are a mystery and a solemn dignity in death, that dispose the living to regard the remains of even a malefactor with a certain degree of reverence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • But my aunt, suddenly descrying among them the young malefactor who was the donkey’s guardian, and who was one of the most inveterate offenders against her, though hardly in his teens, rushed out to the scene of action, pounced upon him, captured him, dragged him, with his jacket over his head, and his heels grinding the ground, into the garden, and, calling upon Janet to fetch the constables and justices, that he might be taken, tried, and executed on the spot, held him at bay there.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • There were little faces which should have been handsome, darkened with the scowl of sullen, dogged suffering; there was childhood with the light of its eye quenched, its beauty gone, and its helplessness alone remaining; there were vicious-faced boys, brooding, with leaden eyes, like malefactors in a jail; and there were young creatures on whom the sins of their frail parents had descended, weeping even for the mercenary nurses they had known, and lonesome even in their loneliness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Since the seamstress had said something to him at the same moment, he had no chance to determine who the malefactor was.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The militia was called out, but no one obeyed the call; and the only means of saving the poor wretches who were threatened by the frenzy of the mob was to throw them into prison as common malefactors.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The expedition had been completely successful, and about midnight the sheriff entered the village, at the head of a posse of deputies and constables, in the centre of whom rode, pinioned, four of the malefactors.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • There was old people, after working all their lives, going and being shut up in the workhouse, much worse fed and lodged and treated altogether, than—Mr Plornish said manufacturers, but appeared to mean malefactors.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • "Thou wilt remember," the missive ran, "what thou didst with the mother and sister of the malefactor; yet, if now I yield to a desire to learn if they be living or dead"—Ben-Hur started, and read again, and then again, and at last broke into exclamation.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The officer always gave me the assurance that he was worse, and some other sick prisoners in the room, and some other prisoners who attended on them as sick nurses, (malefactors, but not incapable of kindness, God be thanked!
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • For Execution Publique Ministers are also all those, that have Authority from the Soveraign, to procure the Execution of Judgements given; to publish the Soveraigns Commands; to suppresse Tumults; to apprehend, and imprison Malefactors; and other acts tending to the conservation of the Peace.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The first-named malefactor will be subjected to the mazzuola, the second culprit beheaded.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The "malefactor" who had been there was Father Madeleine.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Javert was a complete character, who never had a wrinkle in his duty or in his uniform; methodical with malefactors, rigid with the buttons of his coat.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • When I have subdued malefactors, when I have proceeded with vigor against rascals, I have often said to myself, ’If you flinch, if I ever catch you in fault, you may rest at your ease!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They had apparently believed, moreover, that they were actually helping the malefactor.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Meanwhile, lest anything should really be amiss, or any malefactor seek to escape by the back, you and the boy must go round the corner with a pair of good sticks and take your post at the laboratory door.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • I confess though the manner of his behaviour seemed to be ludicrous enough to occasion, laughter, yet I was very much moved at his affection, so that my heart melted within me, fearing he might die away in excess of joy, like reprieved malefactors, especially as I was incapable either to let him blood, or administer physic.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Even I who speak to you may be a malefactor of the worst description.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • I said that on my return journey I should have to be careful of "malefactors", as you call them.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • If I have five hundred pounds in notes on me, I shall be worth some malefactor’s attention.’
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • But no sooner did I get rid of these, than other enemies appeared, to wit, whole flocks of several sorts of birds, who only waited till my back was turned, to ruin me: so much did this provoke me, that I let fly, and killed three of the malefactors; and afterwards served them as they do notorious thieves in England, hung them up in chains as a terror to others.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Thou wilt remember what thou didst with the mother and sister of the malefactor; yet, if now I yield to a desire to learn whether they be living or dead, I know, from knowing the amiability of thy nature, O my Gratus, that thou wilt pardon me as one scarcely less amiable than thyself.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
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