‘…and you are locked into a debt of which you will never become released of, I am certain of this and it is clear in my thoughts as such.’
‘But sir, don’t you deny the very foundation of being able to see beyond your own situation, of bringing hope into not just your life but also ours?’
‘What a petty imagination you have, for your futures I see nothing but dark horizons and cascading torments.’
‘Well be done with your thoughts and imaginations then as it is clearly visible to us that you have no such qualms in harming us with your words and misdeeds’.
‘Petty fool, please! Calm your house and make it in order, even though I fear it will never become so!’
‘Twice now you have called myself and others before you ‘petty’, but grant that I will not! We are not petty sir, nor miserable or locked into innumerable heartache, no sir, we are just, kind and civil. Our steady boat has become only rocked once by this heavy handed court and I, for one, will not have my name besmirched for any longer. It is a duty of the law, yes, the law, to guide in it’s civil advocacy the way in which we point our democracy (in this I agree wholeheartedly), but this expenditure in this adventure is surely just a mess, an exploitation that matters not a jot to the jailor or to the lawyer. Think twice before you call us petty sir, for we may yet bite the ass of the man before us!’
‘Order! Order in the court of law! Hark hear how thy sing such praises of only of yourselves, you disreputable rogues. It gladdens so to sit here and judge, preside over your fate and decree it so: 7 years hard labour for your financial irregularities, not a day more but not a day less.’
It was at this pronouncement that the witnesses in the stand burst into a flood of tears, wetting their lapels and dousing their frocks in so much salted water that the barristers and lawyers feared for their lives. The judge, jowls and all, had become, by this point in the proceedings, annoyed by this ragtag band of misfits before him. The sentence was harsh, he knew that, but it was just, it was acceptable and it was do’able. It was at this thought that his rage subsided and he became more relaxed in posture and tone.