The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins Principles Quotes Page 1
"Yes, indeed, Sire," answered Bartholomew, feeling greatly relieved. "I do take off my hat before my King.""Then take it off this very instant," commanded the King more loudly than before."But, Sire, my hat is off," answered Bartholomew. (21-23)
Sure, Bartholomew is in trouble here, but it's not like he went against his principles and went looking for it. It's some serious Discworld shenanigans when a hat just ups and decides not leave its owner's head.
For a moment, Bartholomew was terribly frightened. "Still," he thought to himself, "the King can do nothing dreadful to punish me, because I really haven't done anything wrong. It would be cowardly to be afraid." (45)
Bartholomew sticks to his principles because he assures himself that the King will stick to his. He can't be punished for not wrongdoing, can he? And to be fair, he isn't punished. Just barely, though.
"Fiddlesticks!" grunted the executioner, throwing his axe on the floor. "I can't execute you at all." And he shook hands with Bartholomew and sent him back upstairs to the King. (118)
The executioner sticks by his principles and doesn't wallop off Bartholomew's head. B. Cubbins does the same, and shakes hands with the man.