Polarity and Inversion
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Aernout van Overbeke was a member of the legal profession, a clearly defined and identifiable professional group.1 Barristers were invested after swearing an oath. They wore prescribed dress — the toga and beret. Although enjoying prestige, they were mistrusted rather than esteemed. A manual to prepare for confession listed the sins of several professional groups separately. For lawyers there are no fewer than 19, including the extension of trials in their own interest.
KeywordsSeventeenth Century Corporal Punishment Legal Profession Comic Effect Punch Line
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