[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]
I really believe that the police help the criminal not to come to repentance. By dint of the continual recording and repeating of his life history the criminal attains such dexterity in recounting his story by rote that the ideality of recollection is extruded. It requires great ideality to repent really, and especially to repent straightaway; though nature may also help a man, and the tardy repentance, which has little to do with memory, is often the most real and profound.
Posted by stronzo on 07.14.2009
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