Exert. The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

 

“It mattered nothing to him that his exactions made the men rebellious. For such offenses there were suitable punishments (there are some people who reason in this way), and with these rascals of convicts there was nothing to do but to treat them very severely, deal with them strictly according to law. These incapable executants of the law did not in the least understand that to apply the law without understanding its spirit is to provoke resistance. They are quite astonished that, in addition to the execution of the law, good sense and a sound head should be expected from them. The last condition would appear to them quite superfluous; to require such a thing is vexatious, intolerant.”

 

The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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