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What Is Misfortune?

 

An adverse event, calamity, or evil fortune, arising by accident, (or without the will or concurrence of him who suffers from it,) and not to be foreseen or guarded against by care or prudence.

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Blacks Legal Dictionary

Misfortune, Injustice: On Being Disadvantaged (The Idea of Fish)

Both Men and Women in thofe Iflands and in the neighbouring main Land, affirm that the Increafe of Milk is likewife taken away by Trouts; if it happen that the Difhes or Pales wherein the Milk is kept, be wafh’d in the Rivulets where Trouts are.

Seems to suggest a relationship between land and sea.  Fish here seem to be determining the good fortune or misfortune of the human population.

Fate of people and fish appears interconnected.

We Still Have Judgement Here (The Processes of Arrest)

Forensic Investigation

Both Men and Women in thofe Iflands and in the neighbouring main Land, affirm that the Increafe of Milk is likewife taken away by Trouts; if it happen that the Difhes or Pales wherein the Milk is kept, be wafh’d in the Rivulets where Trouts are. And the way to recover this Damage is by taking a live Trout, and pouring Milk into its mouth: which they fay doth prefently curdle, if it was taken away by Trouts, but otherwife they fay it is not.

Martin Martin, A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland