'Yes, admitted the boy, 'I stole the thakin's money, but I have been in prison for it a long time six months. Surely that is all forgotten now. I stole; I have been in gaol that is the end of it. 'No, answered the master, 'unfortunately, your having been in gaol only makes matters much worse. I could forgive the theft, but the being in gaol how can I forgive that?