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Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

  1. Mar 6, 2004 #1
    Hello everyone! This Latin words "Nemo me impune lacessit" means no can attack me with impunity. What does it mean by it... I don't understand.
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  3. Mar 6, 2004 #2


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    It's one of the mottos of Scotland. It means if you try to attack me, you'll suffer. Macho brag.
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  5. Mar 6, 2004 #4

    So, that's what the motto means... now I get it.

    SOme statements that bothered me were found in the first paragraph of Montresor's narration:

    1. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.

    2. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to himwho has done the wrong.

    Still, I don't understand these statements... I hope someone can help me.
  6. Mar 7, 2004 #5
    The sense is:
    You don't get me without getting it back.

    The impune applies to the nemo. So, nobody gets away with it, as far as this family is concerned. Vendetta is guaranteed.
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