Fantastic Fables

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Author: Ambrose Bierce

The Discontented Malefactor

A JUDGE having sentenced a Malefactor to the penitentiary was proceeding to point out to him the disadvantages of crime and the profit of reformation.

"Your Honour," said the Malefactor, interrupting, "would you be kind enough to alter my punishment to ten years in the penitentiary and nothing else?"

"Why," said the Judge, surprised, "I have given you only three years!"

"Yes, I know," assented the Malefactor - "three years’ imprisonment and the preaching. If you please, I should like to commute the preaching."

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Chicago: Ambrose Bierce, "The Discontented Malefactor," Fantastic Fables in Fantastic Fables (New York: The Century Co., 1899), Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9HTYPHUMXLENXJ5.

MLA: Bierce, Ambrose. "The Discontented Malefactor." Fantastic Fables, in Fantastic Fables, New York, The Century Co., 1899, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9HTYPHUMXLENXJ5.

Harvard: Bierce, A, 'The Discontented Malefactor' in Fantastic Fables. cited in 1899, Fantastic Fables, The Century Co., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9HTYPHUMXLENXJ5.