Fifty Few

The famous punishment dished out by Mr Petherbridge
"Few things are more distressing to a well adjusted mind, than to see a boy, who ought to know better, disporting himself at improper moments"

Jon Bratton writes
In my time it was a "well regulated mind" rather than "well adjusted mind" but no matter. Did anyone ever get a "hundred few"?
What's more, the question needs to be asked, did anyone have to write out
"Few things are more distressing to a well adjusted mind, than to see a girl, who ought to know better, disporting herself at improper moments"