1.26a: Somewhere, parently, in the ginnandgo gap between antediluvious and annadominant the copyist...
A scribicide then and there is led off under old's code with some fine covered by six marks...
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A scribicide then and there is led off under old's code
VI.B6.183: 'I. Scand in moyenage killing = fine 4/6 / Eng 19th Cent steal 4/6 = death'
HOI 25: 'the law which laid down that killing should be atoned for by a fine, legally fixed — as was the usage in Ireland so long as the native law lasted... It was followed through all Scandinavia throughout the Middle Ages, and although it has been described as barbarous, it is less so than the excessive use of capital punishment characteristic of English law, under which even in the nineteenth century pocket-picking or sheep-stealing was punishable with death'
(previously, a murderer had to pay a monetary fine for his crime; today, a thief stealing the same amount as the fine gets executed)
with some fine covered by six marks or ninepince in metalmen
Mark: current and former coin of several countries
VI.B16.67: 'metal men'
faces on coins
for killing the copyist
for the sake of his labour's dross
TFM 106: 'An Adjustment of Nature': 'And then Milly loomed up with a thousand dishes on her bare arm... And the Klondiker threw down his pelts and nuggets as dross, and let his jaw fall half-way, and stared at her'
dross: dregs, refuse, impure matter
while it will be only now and again in our rear of o'er era,
as an upshoot of military and civil engagements,
that a gynecure was let on to the scuffold for taking that same fine sum
Greek gynê: woman
sinecure (derived from Latin sine cura: without care)
covertly by meddlement with the drawers of his neighbour's safe.
Exodus 20:17: 'thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife' (9th Commandment, according to Roman Catholic tradition)
VI.B16.92: 'Liam O'Flaherty Thy Neighbour's Wife'
Liam O'Flaherty: Thy Neighbour's Wife (his first novel, published in 1923)
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