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Retribution... (37.22)

Jock Jeffcoat: Well, Chuck, sent your advance team to soften me up?

Chuck: That is what I seem to have done.

Jock Jeffcoat: She's lovely. Reminds me of a girl I grew up with. We used to play as kids. In fact, we bagged a javelina together once. Such innocent times.

Chuck: Yes, indeed. What's the topic of conversation? 

Sacker: Retribution.

Chuck: Oh. I hope not for the javelinas.

Jock Jeffcoat: Nah. Ms. Sacker here was sounding out my feelings on the Code of Hammurabi, the Old Testament

Chuck: Lex talionis.

Sacker: Wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Jock Jeffcoat: Yeah. All that wonderful stuff.

The Code of Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian code of law of ancient Mesopotamia, dated back to about 1754 BCE (Middle Chronology). It is one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world. The sixth Babylonian king, Hammurabi, enacted the code. A partial copy exists on a 2.25 meter (7.5 ft) stone stele. It consists of 282 laws, with scaled punishments, adjusting "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" (lex talionis) as graded based on social stratification depending on social status and gender, of slave versus free, man versus woman.

Ben Smith