cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
Note: The two most important things are a cemetery and a prison.
in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him.
Note: The importance of Nature.
individual--no outrage more flagrant than to forbid the culprit to hide his face for shame;
Note: The whole point of the gallows was to disallow hiding from shame.
before society shall have grown corrupt enough to smile, instead of shuddering at it.
Note: Does he mean that this scene is absurd but that the town is so serious?