"Please, Your Honor," whined Pauper William Nodes, 27, in a London court
last week, "don't part me and the rat." The judge looked appraisingly
at Nodes' pet rat in a cage on the barristers' table, frowned severely
at Nodes. Clearing his throat he then did British Justice: "I sentence
you, William Nodes, to six months in prison as an incorrigible rogue.
The rat will be sent to a good home."
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