Ezra Azra

ฉ Copyright 2022 by Ezra Azra
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One dictionary definition of comeuppance is 'just deserts.' In other words, justice by non-sentient natural processes; not by the enforcement of human-devised legality.
ญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญIn 44 b.c., Julius Caesar, the greatest military General of the Roman Empire, was cowardly assassinated in public, in the City of Rome, by his best friend, Brutus.

Two years later, in the vicinity of the City of Philippi in Macedonia, Brutus got his comeuppance. The army he led was defeated in battle, and he killed himself on the battlefield, in despair, knowing that his wife had already killed herself in despair in Rome. They had no children.
His comeuppance was absolute in that, with his death, his genetic line came to an end forever.

About seventy-five years later in the City of Jerusalem, in Palestine, the man Jesus was betrayed by a friend, Judas. Within days of the betrayal, Jesus was arrested, tried for blasphemous treason, found guilty, and crucified to death by the Roman rulers of Palestine.

Within days of the death of Jesus, Judas got his comeuppance by being driven by his guilty conscience, to hang himself. He had no children. His comeuppance was absolute in that, with his death, his genetic line came to an end forever.

One thousand and sixty-eight years later, in the City of London in England, William Shakespeare saw a parallel in the comeuppances of Brutus and Judas, and so he wrote a play, "Julius Caesar", in which he symbolically portrayed the parallel.

The play had the distinction of being staged for special performance in the City of London for Her Majesty, the
Queen of England, Elizabeth I.

To establish further the parallel between Brutus and Judas, Shakespeare has a scene in his play in which, figuratively, in Brutus, like in Judas, a guilty conscience arises.

In the Bible story, a guilty conscience in Judas drives him inescapably to his comeuppance suicide.

In Shakespeare's play, the guilty conscience of Brutus is portrayed as the ghost of the long-dead Julius Caesar. The ghost appears to Brutus on the battlefield at Philippi just before the battle, and it threatens him with defeat. Brutus accepts the possibility of defeat. This acceptance makes his comeuppance suicide, inescapable.
In the 1960s, at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, there were three students attending the same classes for the same University degree. One young woman, and two young men.

She was most beautiful. The two young men were equally most handsome. The three of them were close friends of one another, and somewhat close friends of mine. I was not in their university classes. Since two of the four of us are yet alive I will refer to the three as X, Y, and Z.

X was the young woman. The young man, Y, her close friend, fell in love with her and declared his love. She turned him down, informing him that she was in love with Z, their other mutual close friend in the group, who, as yet, was unaware of her romantic love for him.

X and Y agreed it would be best if the three ceased to continue as a group, and that she would let Z know of her love for him.

She let Z know. He was taken by pleasant surprise. He accepted her love, and lied that he had always loved her, too.

Immediately later, Z sought out Y, and insisted on the two of them remaining close friends, unknown to X. Z admitted to Y that he did not have even an ounce of romantic love for X, or any woman, because he suspected he was homosexual. But because X was perfectly beautiful, and was of a very wealthy family, she would be a most safe wife to have if he ever found out he was homosexual.

Homosexuals in those days were not accepted, and were always at risk of being seriously molested by strangers.

Sadly, in the weeks that followed, Z related to Y the fun X delighted in making of Y's declaration of romantic love to her. She was particularly offended by Y, being of a poor family, daring to think she could love him.

Eventually, Y said to Z the both of them had to stay away from each other because of the pain Z was experiencing relating X's obnoxiousness about Y.

Months passed. Y and Z lost contact. X got her comeuppance when a pandemic was in the second year of sweeping all over the world in 2022. Among the millions that died of infection worldwide, was Z, a few days before he and X were to be married. And worse, because of the risk of contagious infection, she was, legally, not allowed to attend his funeral.

And worse yet, she discovered she was pregnant with his child.
In the 1930s there were two brothers living in Durban, Natal, South Africa.
They were named Grey, and Stanley. They were married, with children.

They were notorious for being unfaithful to their wives. They were suspected of fathering illegitimate children with other women throughout the city, married and unmarried.

Grey had to run away from his wife and his five children and the city because other married men teamed up to capture him and do serious harm to him.

He ran from Durban to live in Cape Town in 1938.

His comeuppance began when he married a woman in Cape Town he thought to be the only child of wealthy parents. He had two children in that marriage. His wife died of natural causes. That's when he discovered his wife had been an orphan, adopted unofficially, by a childless married couple. She, herself, had not known that the adoption had been unofficial. Grey inherited nothing when she died. His shock led to his final comeuppance. He died unconsciously drunk in a gutter on a side street in Cape Town in 1967.

Stanley became a policeman. He was stationed at the Police Station in Montclare, a suburb of Durban. On his way to work every day on his Government-issued bicycle he rode by my home on 20 Cherry road, Clairwood suburb. Sometimes I would see him when I was sitting on our front verandah, a few steps from the road. I was nine years old.

On one of those days, after he had ridden by, he rode back to give me a two-and-six coin, as a gift. Two shillings and sixpence; half-a-crown.

His comeuppance began one day when he was riding by and waved to me and continually rang his bicycle bell for my entertainment.

I, in ecstatic childlike fun, waved back. The ringing angered some stinging flying insects. They attacked Stanley. He crashed and fell. I dashed into my home, and slammed the door shut behind me.

Because of the insect stings, he became seriously ill. He could not return to work as a policeman. He became addicted to the medicine prescribed against the insect sting poison. He became addicted to the Cane Spirit alcohol he took refuge in against the hopeless deterioration of his life. I saw him a few times staggering along a road.

His comeuppance ended with his dead drunk body being found in a roadside bush not far from his home, in 1967; the same year his brother Grey was being disgracefully and finally comeuppanced in Cape Town, dead drunk in a roadside gutter.
In the Bible, there is an account of a comeuppance happening in a family, thousands of years ago. Remarkably, similar comeuppances happened in my family in the 1960s; just as in the instances of Brutus and Judas, coincidences and similar comeuppances happening many, many years apart in different countries.

In the Bible story, Jacob, aided and abetted by his evil mother, Rebekah, deceived his blind father, Isaac, into giving him the blessing owed to Esau, his older twin brother.

Similarly, my mother's two brothers, Nathan Perumal and Sullivan Perumal, deceived my granny into bequeathing the family farm to them, disinheriting my mother.

Jacob's comeuppance was that all his posterity suffered slavery in Egypt for generations after his death.

The comeuppances of Nathan and Sullivan was that both my mother and granny outlived them.

Nathan died in his sleep at age 56. In 1967, Sullivan and his evil slut wife died; he of throat cancer. I never found out the cause of the death of his evil slut wife. I have long forgotten what her name was.

In the case of Sullivan and his evil slut wife, their comeuppances were extended.

When Nathan died, Sullivan became the sole inheritor of the family farm. In celebration, Sullivan and his evil slut wife decided to have a child to whom they would bequeath the farm.

They named the addition to their family, Jack, after my grampa who had died of natural causes many years previously.

Sullivan and his evil slut wife already had three adult children, the eldest of whom, Adam, was not pleased with being disinherited, as his father had my mother. I vaguely remember visiting Adam at his home at King's Rest, a suburb of Durban, when we were children.

Adam, adult, murdered Jack. Everybody in the family believed it. The crime was never solved by the Police. Adam knew the family believed he murdered Jack. Adam also knew the family knew Adam was a much-feared local gangster criminal.

Even as I write this, I am told by ever vigilant relatives, both with inheritance and those disinherited, that Adam Perumal is alive and well somewhere in South Africa.

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