Even the Wicked. . .

I love quotations and aphorisms that sum up a great deal in a few words. I’ve had one in mind on and off for several years. It’s from the American novelist Willa Cather, who has one of her characters, a doctor, say this in a story: “Even the wicked get worse than they deserve.”

It’s a haunting line and it was used as the title of one of Lawrence Block’s excellent Matt Scudder novels, but I’ve never come across a real situation where I thought it applied,  wherein a truly wicked person deserving of punishment received more of it than a just universe would allow.

Until now.

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