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    Meaning of the paragraph

    If misery be the effect of virtue, it ought to be reverenced; if of ill-fortune, to be pitied; and if of vice, not to be insulted; because it is perhaps, itself a punishment adequate to the crime by which it was produced; and the humanity of that man can deserve no panegyric who is capale of reproaching a criminal in the hands of the executioner.
    Could anyone explain the meaning of above paragraph?

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    Re: Meaning of the paragraph

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    If misery be the effect of virtue, it ought to be reverenced;( If, as a result of good behaviour the end result is misery, then misery should be praised) if of ill-fortune, to be pitied;If misery is the result of bad luck then it should be pitied and if of vice, not to be insulted;If misery is the result of immorality then it should not be met with insults) because it is perhaps, itself a punishment adequate to the crime by which it was produced;Misery is enough punishment for the wrong-doings that have been commited) and the humanity of that man can deserve no panegyric who is capale of reproaching a criminal in the hands of the executioner.(the person who insults and jeers at a man as he is about to be executed does not deserve any words of praise-'panegyric'
    Could anyone explain the meaning of above paragraph?
    Does a recent event spring to mind?


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    Re: Meaning of the paragraph

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    Does a recent event spring to mind?
    Thank you.

    I understood everything except the following line :

    and the humanity of that man can deserve no panegyric who is capable of reproaching a criminal in the hands of the executioner.
    (the person who insults and jeers at a man as he is about to be executed does not deserve any words of praise-`panegyric')

    Could you explain this line?

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    Re: Meaning of the paragraph

    The life of the man who jeers the condemned is undeserving of any praise


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    Re: Meaning of the paragraph

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    The life of the man who jeers the condemned is undeserving of any praise
    Thank you.

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