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It did not take Michael long to learn this, and stray dogs got short shrift from him.
Back and back still his foeman bent him, until, with a roar of pain and of fury, the giant clanged his full length upon the boards, while the glimmer of a knife before the bars of his helmet warned him that short would be his shrift if he moved.
Ay" said he, "if they got hands on me, it would be a short shrift and a lang tow for Alan
There was abundance of circumstantial evidence against him, besides the direct testimony of Raffles and myself, and the wretch was shot at last with little ceremony and less shrift.