custody without any guilt. As a result, he was arrested and carried off to the policestation. Jones justifies his action of assaulting the police officer:
³You put your hands on my wife when I kept telling you I took the thing myself.´
Jack Barthwick stole the purse from a lady and Jones stole that purse and a silver boxfrom Jack while both of them were inebriated. While Jack was excused because of havingtoo much champagne, Jones was declared guilty. In the words of the magistrate:
³You give the excuse that you were drunk when you stole the box. I tell you that is noexcuse. If you choose to get drunk and break the law afterwards you must take theconsequences.´
Jack and Jones both had committed identical crimes but Jack¶s father was able to hush uphis son¶s crime while the poverty-stricken Jones was punished. Jones had rightly said:
³I have done no more than what he has. I am a poor man. I have got no money and no friends, but he has a lot. He can do what I can¶t.´
The verdict given by the court was one month imprisonment with hard labour for Jones,while Jack left the court holding his head high. Jones¶ wife lost her job at Mr.Barthwick¶s home. Moreover Jones had rightly shouted at the Magistrate:
³Call this justice? What about him? He got drunk! He took the purse, but its moneythat got him off.´
³A judge who cannot punish, in the end associates himself with thecriminal.´
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The final verdict of the magistrate clearly signifies that wealth and power are moreinfluential than justice. Even the honourable judge is influenced by the lust of materialistic wealth. Moreover the underprivileged class are always the one who aregrinded in our society.
. Why do we have the feeling that the judgement was unfair at the end of the playin Act III of the Silver Box? (04)
. Why were Jones punished and Jack let off scoot free in the Silver Box? (03)
³Next to religion, let you care be to promote justice´
The play, Act III of the Silver Box boldly criticizes the judicial system of theBritish society. It bears the moral that µmight is right¶ still prevails in the social order,where the blue-collar people are oppressed by the prosperous and the powerful ones.The play revolves around the theft of the Silver Box. Mr. Barthwick was a LiberalMember of Parliament and had a huge influence on the community. His son Jack wasimmoral and self-indulgent. In a feat of drunken mischief, he stole a purse from a woman.