That book had nothing to do with Egyptian deserts; but any desert will do for Monny.
However that might be, he had escaped his deserts; so much the worse.
Fens, like deserts, are large things very apt to be mislaid.
All may not rise equally, yet each, on the whole, very much according to his deserts.
We have been rewarded beyond our deserts, and such reward is shameful.