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Chapter 10

  • He began: "It has been the principle of my life, never to inflict a wilfu_njury upon any thing that lives; I need not express my regret, when I fin_yself obliged to be the promulgator of a criminal charge. How gladly would _ass unnoticed the evil I have sustained; but I owe it to society to detect a_ffender, and prevent other men from being imposed upon, as I have been, by a_ppearance of integrity."
  • "It would be better," interrupted Mr. Forester "to speak directly to th_oint. We ought not, though unwarily, by apologising for ourselves, to creat_t such a time a prejudice against an individual, against whom a crimina_ccusation will always be prejudice enough."
  • "I strongly suspect," continued Mr. Falkland, "this young man, who has bee_eculiarly the object of my kindness, of having robbed me to a considerabl_mount."
  • "What," replied Mr. Forester, "are the grounds of your suspicion?"
  • "The first of them is the actual loss I have sustained, in notes, jewels, an_late. I have missed bank-notes to the amount of nine hundred pounds, thre_old repeaters of considerable value, a complete set of diamonds, the propert_f my late mother, and several other articles."
  • "And why," continued my arbitrator, astonishment grief, and a desire to retai_is self-possession, strong contending in his countenance and voice, "do yo_ix on this young man as the instrument of the depredation?"
  • "I found him, on my coming home, upon the day when every thing was in disorde_rom the alarm of fire, in the very act of quitting the private apartmen_here these articles were deposited. He was confounded at seeing me, an_astened to withdraw as soon as he possibly could."
  • "Did you say nothing to him—take no notice of the confusion your sudde_ppearance produced?"
  • "I asked what was his errand in that place. He was at first so terrified an_vercome, that he could not answer me. Afterwards, with a good deal o_altering, he said that, when all the servants were engaged in endeavouring t_ave the most valuable part of my property, he had come hither with the sam_iew; but that he had as yet removed nothing."
  • "Did you immediately examine to see that every thing was safe?"
  • "No. I was accustomed to Confide in his honesty, and I was suddenly calle_way, in the present instance, to attend to the increasing progress of th_lames. I therefore only took out the key from the door of the apartment, having first locked it, and, putting it in my pocket, hastened to go where m_resence seemed indispensably necessary."
  • "How long was it before you missed your property?"
  • "The same evening. The hurry of the scene had driven the circumstance entirel_ut of my mind, till, going by accident near the apartment, the whole affair, together with the singular and equivocal behaviour of Williams, rushed at onc_pon my recollection. I immediately entered, examined the trunk in which thes_hings were contained, and, to my astonishment, found the locks broken, an_he property gone."
  • "What steps did you take upon this discovery?"
  • "I sent for Williams, and talked to him very seriously upon the subject. Bu_e had now perfectly recovered his self-command, and calmly and stoutly denie_ll knowledge of the matter. I urged him with the enormousness of the offence, but I made no impression. He did not discover either the surprise an_ndignation one would have expected from a person entirely innocent, or th_neasiness that generally attends upon guilt. He was rather silent an_eserved. I then informed him, that I should proceed in a manner differen_rom what he might perhaps expect. I would not, as is too frequent in suc_ases, make a general search; for I had rather lose my property for eve_ithout redress, than expose a multitude of innocent persons to anxiety an_njustice. My suspicion, for the present, unavoidably fixed upon him. But, i_ matter of so great consequence, I was determined not to act upon suspicion.
  • I would neither incur the possibility of ruining him, being innocent, nor b_he instrument of exposing others to his depredations, if guilty. I shoul_herefore merely insist upon his continuing in my service. He might depen_pon it he should be well watched, and I trusted the whole truth woul_ventually appear. Since he avoided confession now, I advised him to conside_ow far it was likely he would come off with impunity at last. This _etermined on, that the moment he attempted an escape, I would consider tha_s an indication of guilt, and proceed accordingly."
  • "What circumstances have occurred from that time to the present?"
  • "None upon which I can infer a certainty of guilt; several that agree t_avour a suspicion. From that time Williams was perpetually uneasy in hi_ituation, always desirous, as it now appears, to escape, but afraid to adop_uch a measure without certain precautions. It was not long after, that you, Mr. Forester, became my visitor. I observed, with dissatisfaction, the growin_ntercourse between you, reflecting on the equivocalness of his character, an_he attempt he would probably make to render you the dupe of his hypocrisy. _ccordingly threatened him severely; and I believe you observed the chang_hat presently after occurred in his behaviour with relation to you."
  • "I did, and it appeared at that time mysterious and extraordinary."
  • "Some time after, as you well know, a rencounter took place between you, whether accidental or intentional on his part I am not able to say, when h_onfessed to you the uneasiness of his mind, without discovering the cause, and openly proposed to you to assist him in his flight, and stand, in case o_ecessity, between him and my resentment. You offered, it seems, to take hi_nto your service; but nothing, as he acknowledged, would answer his purpose, that did not place his retreat wholly out of my power to discover."
  • "Did it not appear extraordinary to you, that he should hope for any effectua_rotection from me, while it remained perpetually in your power to satisfy m_f his unworthiness?"
  • "Perhaps he had hopes that I should not proceed to that step, at least so lon_s the place of his retreat should be unknown to me, and of consequence th_vent of my proceeding dubious. Perhaps he confided in his own powers, whic_re far from contemptible, to construct a plausible tale, especially as he ha_aken care to have the first impression in his favour. After all, thi_rotection, on your part, was merely reserved in case all other expedient_ailed. He does not appear to have had any other sentiment upon the subject, than that, if he were defeated in his projects for placing himself beyond th_each of justice, it was better to have bespoken a place in your patronag_han to be destitute of every resource."
  • Mr. Falkland having thus finished his evidence, called upon Robert, the valet, to confirm the part of it which related to the day of the fire.
  • Robert stated, that he happened to be coming through the library that day, _ew minutes after Mr. Falkland's being brought home by the sight of the fire; that he had found me standing there with every mark of perturbation an_right; that he could not help stopping to notice it; that he had spoken to m_wo or three times before he could obtain an answer; and that all he could ge_rom me at last was, that I was the most miserable creature alive.
  • He further said, that in the evening of the same day Mr. Falkland called hi_nto the private apartment adjoining to the library, and bid him bring _ammer and some nails. He then showed him a trunk standing in the apartmen_ith its locks and fastening broken, and ordered him to observe and remembe_hat he saw, but not to mention it to any one. Robert did not at that tim_now what Mr. Falkland intended by these directions, which were given in _anner uncommonly solemn and significant; but he entertained no doubt, tha_he fastenings were broken and wrenched by the application of a chisel o_uch-like instrument, with the intention of forcibly opening the trunk.
  • Mr. Forester observed upon this evidence, that as much of it as related to th_ay of the fire seemed indeed to afford powerful reasons for suspicion; an_hat the circumstances that had occurred since strangely concurred to fortif_hat suspicion. Meantime, that nothing proper to be done might be omitted, h_sked whether in my flight I had removed my boxes, to see whether by tha_eans any trace could be discovered to confirm the imputation. Mr. Falklan_reated this suggestion slightly, saying, that if I were the thief, I had n_oubt taken the precaution to obviate so palpable a means of detection. T_his Mr. Forester only replied, that conjecture, however skilfully formed, wa_ot always realised in the actions and behaviour of mankind; and ordered tha_y boxes and trunks, if found, should be brought into the library. I listene_o this suggestion with pleasure; and, uneasy and confounded as I was at th_ppearances combined against me, I trusted in this appeal to give a new fac_o my cause. I was eager to declare the place where my property was deposited; and the servants, guided by my direction, presently produced what was enquire_or.
  • The two boxes that were first opened, contained nothing to confirm th_ccusation against me; in the third were found a watch and several jewels, that were immediately known to be the property of Mr. Falkland. The productio_f this seemingly decisive evidence excited emotions of astonishment an_oncern; but no person's astonishment appeared to be greater than that of Mr.
  • Falkland. That I should have left the stolen goods behind me, would of itsel_ave appeared incredible; but when it was considered what a secure place o_oncealment I had found for them, the wonder diminished; and Mr. Foreste_bserved, that it was by no means impossible I might conceive it easier t_btain possession of them afterwards, than to remove them at the period of m_recipitate flight.
  • Here however I thought it necessary to interfere. I fervently urged my righ_o a fair and impartial construction. I asked Mr. Forester, whether it wer_robable, if I had stolen these things, that I should not have contrived, a_east to remove them along with me? And again, whether, if I had bee_onscious they would he found among my property, I should myself hav_ndicated the place where I had concealed it?
  • The insinuation I conveyed against Mr. Forester's impartiality overspread hi_hole countenance, for an instant, with the flush of anger.
  • "Impartiality, young man! Yes, be sure, from me you shall experience a_mpartial treatment! God send that may answer your purpose! Presently yo_hall be heard at full in your own defence.
  • "You expect us to believe you innocent, because you did not remove thes_hings along with you. The money is removed. Where, sir, is that? We canno_nswer for the inconsistences and oversights of any human mind, and, least o_ll, if that mind should appear to be disturbed with the consciousness o_uilt.
  • "You observe that it was by your own direction these boxes and trunks hav_een found: that is indeed extraordinary. It appears little less tha_nfatuation. But to what purpose appeal to probabilities and conjecture, i_he face of incontestable facts? There, sir, are the boxes: you alone kne_here they were to be found; you alone had the keys: tell us then how thi_atch and these jewels came to be contained in them?"
  • I was silent.
  • To the rest of the persons present I seemed to be merely the subject o_etection; but in reality I was, of all the spectators, that individual wh_as most at a loss to conceive, through every stage of the scene, what, woul_ome next, and who listened to every word that was uttered with the mos_ncontrollable amazement. Amazement however alternately yielded to indignatio_nd horror. At first I could not refrain from repeatedly attempting t_nterrupt; but I was checked in these attempts by Mr. Forester; and _resently felt how necessary it was to my future peace, that I should collec_he whole energy of my mind to repel the charge, and assert my innocence.
  • Every thing being now produced that could be produced against me, Mr. Foreste_urned to me with a look of concern and pity, and told me that now was th_ime, if I chose to allege any thing in my defence. In reply to thi_nvitation, I spoke nearly as follows:—
  • "I am innocent. It is in vain that circumstances are accumulated against me; there is not a person upon earth less capable than I of the things of which _m accused. I appeal to my heart—I appeal to my looks—I appeal to ever_entiment my tongue ever uttered."
  • I could perceive that the fervour with which I spoke made some impression upo_very one that heard me. But in a moment their eyes were turned upon th_roperty that lay before them, and their countenances changed. I proceeded:—
  • "One thing more I must aver;—Mr. Falkland is not deceived; he perfectly know_hat I am innocent."
  • I had no sooner uttered these words, than an involuntary cry of indignatio_urst from every person in the room. Mr. Forester turned to me with a look o_xtreme severity, and said—
  • "Young man, consider well what you are doing! It is the privilege of the part_ccused to say whatever he thinks proper; and I will take care that you shal_njoy that privilege in its utmost extent. But do you think it will conduce i_ny respect to your benefit, to throw out such insolent and intolerabl_nsinuations?"
  • "I thank you most sincerely," replied I, "for your caution; but I well kno_hat it is I am doing. I make this declaration, not merely because it i_olemnly true, but because it is inseparably connected with my vindication. _m the party accused, and I shall be told that I am not to be believed in m_wn defence. I can produce no other witnesses of my innocence; I therefor_all upon Mr. Falkland to be my evidence. I ask him—
  • "Did you never boast to me in private of your power to ruin me? Did you neve_ay that, if once I brought on myself the weight of your displeasure, my fal_hould be irreparable? Did you not tell me that, though I should prepare i_hat case a tale however plausible or however true, you would take care tha_he whole world should execrate me as an impostor? Were not those your ver_ords? Did you not add, that my innocence should be of no service to me, an_hat you laughed at so feeble a defence? I ask you further,—Did you no_eceive a letter from me the morning of the day on which I departed, requesting your consent to my departure? Should I have done that if my fligh_ad been that of a thief? I challenge any man to reconcile the expressions o_hat letter with this accusation. Should I have begun with stating that I ha_onceived a desire to quit your service, if my desire and the reasons for it, had been of the nature that is now alleged? Should I have dared to ask fo_hat reason I was thus subjected to an eternal penance?"
  • Saying this, I took out a copy of my letter, and laid it open upon the table.
  • Mr. Falkland returned no immediate answer to my interrogations. Mr. Foreste_urned to him, and said.
  • "Well, sir, what is your reply to this challenge of your servant?"
  • Mr. Falkland answered, "Such a mode of defence scarcely calls for a reply. Bu_ answer, I held no such conversation; I never used such words; I received n_uch letter. Surely it is no sufficient refutation of a criminal charge, tha_he criminal repels what is alleged against him with volubility of speech, an_ntrepidity of manner."
  • Mr. Forester then turned to me: "If," said he, "you trust your vindication t_he plausibility of your tale, you must take care to render it consistent an_omplete. You have not told us what was the cause of the confusion and anxiet_n which Robert professes to have found you, why you were so impatient to qui_he service of Mr. Falkland, or how you account for certain articles of hi_roperty being found in your possession."
  • "All that, sir," answered I, "is true. There are certain parts of my stor_hat I have not told. If they were told, they would not conduce to m_isadvantage, and they would make the present accusation appear still mor_stonishing. But I cannot, as yet at least, prevail upon myself to tell them.
  • Is it necessary to give any particular and precise reasons why I should wis_o change the place of my residence? You all of you know the unfortunate stat_f Mr. Falkland's mind. You know the sternness, reservedness, and distance o_is manners. If I had no other reasons, surely it would afford smal_resumption of criminality that I should wish to change his service fo_nother.
  • "The question of how these articles of Mr. Falkland's property came to b_ound in my possession, is more material. It is a question I am wholly unabl_o answer. Their being found there, was at least as unexpected to me as to an_ne of the persons now present. I only know that, as I have the most perfec_ssurance of Mr. Falkland's being conscious of my innocence—for, observe! I d_ot shrink from that assertion; I reiterate it with new confidence—I therefor_irmly and from my soul believe, that their being there is of Mr. Falkland'_ontrivance."
  • I no sooner said this, than I was again interrupted by an involuntar_xclamation from every one present. They looked at me with furious glances, a_f they could have torn me to pieces. I proceeded:—
  • "I have now answered every thing that is alleged against me.
  • "Mr. Forester, you are a lover of justice; I conjure you not to violate it i_y person. You are a man of penetration; look at me! do you see any of th_arks of guilt? Recollect all that has ever passed under your observation; i_t compatible with a mind capable of what is now alleged against me? Could _eal criminal have shown himself so unabashed, composed, and firm as I hav_ow done?
  • "Fellow-servants! Mr. Falkland is a man of rank and fortune; he is you_aster. I am a poor country lad, without a friend in the world. That is _round of real difference to a certain extent; but it is not a sufficien_round for the subversion of justice. Remember, that I am in a situation tha_s not to be trifled with; that a decision given against me now, in a case i_hich I solemnly assure you I am innocent, will for ever deprive me o_eputation and peace of mind, combine the whole world in a league against me, and determine perhaps upon my liberty and my life. If you believe—if yo_ee—if you know, that I am innocent, speak for me. Do not suffer _usillanimous timidity to prevent you from saving a fellow-creature fro_estruction, who does not deserve to have a human being for his enemy. Wh_ave we the power of speech, but to communicate our thoughts? I will neve_elieve that a man, conscious of innocence, cannot make other men perceiv_hat he has that thought. Do not you feel that my whole heart tells me. I a_ot guilty of what is imputed to me?
  • "To you, Mr. Falkland, I have nothing to say: I know you, and know that yo_re impenetrable. At the very moment that you are urging such odious charge_gainst me, you admire my resolution and forbearance. But I have nothing t_ope from you. You can look upon my ruin without pity or remorse. I am mos_nfortunate indeed in having to do with such an adversary. You oblige me t_ay ill things of you; but I appeal to your own heart, whether my language i_hat of exaggeration or revenge."
  • Every thing that could be alleged on either side being now concluded, Mr.
  • Forester undertook to make some remarks upon the whole.
  • "Williams," said he, "the charge against you is heavy; the direct evidenc_trong; the corroborating circumstances numerous and striking. I grant tha_ou have shown considerable dexterity in your answers; but you will learn, young man, to your cost, that dexterity, however powerful it may be in certai_ases, will avail little against the stubbornness of truth. It is fortunat_or mankind that the empire of talents has its limitations, and that it is no_n the power of ingenuity to subvert the distinctions of right and wrong. Tak_y word for it, that the true merits of the case against you will be to_trong for sophistry to overturn; that justice will prevail, and impoten_alice be defeated.
  • "To you, Mr. Falkland, society is obliged for having placed this black affai_n its true light. Do not suffer the malignant aspersions of the criminal t_ive you uneasiness. Depend upon it that they will be found of no weight _ave no doubt that your character, in the judgment of every person that ha_eard them, stands higher than ever. We feel for your misfortune, in bein_bliged to hear such calumnies from a person who has injured you so grossly.
  • But you must be considered in that respect as a martyr in the public cause.
  • The purity of your motives and dispositions is beyond the reach of malice; an_ruth and equity will not fail to award, to your calumniator infamy, and t_ou the love and approbation of mankind.
  • "I have now told you, Williams, what I think of your case. But I have no righ_o assume to be your ultimate judge. Desperate as it appears to me, I wil_ive you one piece of advice, as if I were retained as a counsel to assis_ou. Leave out of it whatever tends to the disadvantage of Mr. Falkland.
  • Defend yourself as well as you can, but do not attack your master. It is you_usiness to create in those who hear you a prepossession in your favour. Bu_he recrimination you have been now practising, will always creat_ndignation. Dishonesty will admit of some palliation. The deliberate malic_ou have now been showing is a thousand times more atrocious. It proves you t_ave the mind of a demon, rather than of a felon. Wherever you shall repea_t, those who hear you will pronounce you guilty upon that, even if the prope_vidence against you were glaringly defective. If therefore you would consul_our interest, which seems to be your only consideration, it is incumbent upo_ou by all means immediately to retract that. If you desire to be believe_onest, you must in the first place show that you have a due sense of merit i_thers. You cannot better serve your cause than by begging pardon of you_aster, and doing homage to rectitude and worth, even when they are employe_n vengeance against you."
  • It is easy to conceive that my mind sustained an extreme shock from th_ecision of Mr. Forester; but his call upon me to retract and humble mysel_efore my accuser penetrated my whole soul with indignation. I answered:—
  • "I have already told you I am innocent. I believe that I could not endure th_ffort of inventing a plausible defence, if it were otherwise. You have jus_ffirmed that it is not in the power of ingenuity to subvert the distinction_f right and wrong, and in that very instant I find them subverted. This i_ndeed to me a very awful moment. New to the world, I know nothing of it_ffairs but what has reached me by rumour, or is recorded in books. I hav_ome into it with all the ardour and confidence inseparable from my years. I_very fellow-being I expected to find a friend. I am unpractised in its wiles, and have even no acquaintance with its injustice. I have done nothing t_eserve the animosity of mankind; but, if I may judge from the present scene, I am henceforth to be deprived of the benefits of integrity and honour. I a_o forfeit the friendship of every one I have hitherto known, and to b_recluded from the power of acquiring that of others. I must therefore b_educed to derive my satisfaction from myself. Depend upon it, I will no_egin that career by dishonourable concessions. If I am to despair of th_ood-will of other men, I will at least maintain the independence of my ow_ind. Mr. Falkland is my implacable enemy. Whatever may be his merits in othe_espects, he is acting towards me without humanity, without remorse, an_ithout principle. Do you think I will ever make submissions to a man by who_ am thus treated, that I will fall down at the feet of one who is to me _evil, or kiss the hand that is red with my blood?"
  • "In that respect," answered Mr. Forester, "do as you shall think proper. _ust confess that your firmness and consistency astonish me. They ad_omething to what I had conceived of human powers. Perhaps you have chosen th_art which, all things considered, may serve your purpose best; though I thin_ore moderation would be more conciliating. The exterior of innocence will, _rant, stagger the persons who may have the direction of your fate, but i_ill never be able to prevail against plain and incontrovertible facts. But _ave done with you. I see in you a new instance of that abuse which is s_enerally made of talents, the admiration of an undiscerning public. I regar_ou with horror. All that remains is, that I should discharge my duty, i_onsigning you, as a monster of depravity, to the justice of your country."
  • "No," rejoined Mr. Falkland, "to that I can never consent. I have put _estraint upon myself thus far, because it was right that evidence and enquir_hould take their course. I have suppressed all my habits and sentiments, because it seemed due to the public that hypocrisy should be unmasked. But _an suffer this violence no longer. I have through my whole life interfered t_rotect, not overbear, the sufferer; and I must do so now. I feel not th_mallest resentment of his impotent attacks upon my character; I smile a_heir malice; and they make no diminution in my benevolence to their author.
  • Let him say what he pleases; he cannot hurt me. It was proper that he shoul_e brought to public shame, that other people might not be deceived by him a_e have been. But there is no necessity for proceeding further; and I mus_nsist upon it that he be permitted to depart wherever he pleases. I am sorr_hat public interest affords so gloomy a prospect for his future happiness."
  • "Mr. Falkland," answered Mr. Forester, "these sentiments do honour to you_umanity; but I must not give way to them. They only serve to set in _tronger light the venom of this serpent, this monster of ingratitude, wh_irst robs his benefactor, and then reviles him. Wretch that you are, wil_othing move you? Are you inaccessible to remorse? Are you not struck to th_eart with the unmerited goodness of your master? Vile calumniator! you ar_he abhorrence of nature, the opprobrium of the human species, and the eart_an only be freed from an insupportable burthen by your being exterminated!
  • Recollect, sir, that this monster, at the very moment that you are exercisin_uch unexampled forbearance in his behalf, has the presumption to charge yo_ith prosecuting a crime of which you know him to be innocent, nay, wit_aving conveyed the pretended stolen goods among his property, for the expres_urpose of ruining him. By this unexampled villainy, he makes it your duty t_ree the world from such a pest, and your interest to admit no relaxing i_our pursuit of him, lest the world should be persuaded by your clemency t_redit his vile insinuations."
  • "I care not for the consequences," replied Mr. Falkland; "I will obey th_ictates of my own mind. I will never lend my assistance to the reformin_ankind by axes and gibbets. I am sure things will never be as they ought, till honour, and not law, be the dictator of mankind, till vice be taught t_hrink before the resistless might of inborn dignity, and not before the col_ormality of statutes. If my calumniator were worthy of my resentment, I woul_hastise him with my own sword, and not that of the magistrate; but in th_resent case I smile at his malice, and resolve to spare him, as the generou_ord of the forest spares the insect that would disturb his repose."
  • "The language you now hold," said Mr. Forester, "is that of romance, and no_f reason. Yet I cannot but be struck with the contrast exhibited before me, of the magnanimity of virtue, and the obstinate impenetrable injustice o_uilt. While your mind overflows with goodness, nothing can touch the heart o_his thrice-refined villain. I shall never forgive myself for having once bee_ntrapped by his detestable arts. This is no time for us to settle th_uestion between chivalry and law. I shall therefore simply insist as _agistrate, having taken the evidence in this felony, upon my right and dut_f following the course of justice, and committing the accused to the count_ail."
  • After some further contest Mr. Falkland, finding Mr. Forester obstinate an_mpracticable, withdrew his opposition. Accordingly a proper officer wa_ummoned from the neighbouring village, a mittimus made out, and one of Mr.
  • Falkland's carriages prepared to conduct me to the place of custody. It wil_asily be imagined that this sudden reverse was very painfully felt by me. _ooked round on the servants who had been the spectators of my examination, but not one of them, either by word or gesture, expressed compassion for m_alamity. The robbery of which I was accused appeared to them atrocious fro_ts magnitude; and whatever sparks of compassion might otherwise have sprun_p in their ingenuous and undisciplined minds, were totally obliterated b_ndignation at my supposed profligacy in recriminating upon their worthy an_xcellent master. My fate being already determined, and one of the servant_espatched for the officer, Mr. Forester and Mr. Falkland withdrew, and lef_e in the custody of two others.
  • One of these was the son of a farmer at no great distance, who had been i_abits of long-established intimacy with my late father. I was willin_ccurately to discover the state of mind of those who had been witnesses o_his scene, and who had had some previous opportunity of observing m_haracter and manners. I, therefore, endeavoured to open a conversation wit_im. "Well, my good Thomas," said I, in a querulous tone, and with _esitating manner, "am I not a most miserable creature?"
  • "Do not speak to me, Master Williams! You have given me a shock that I shal_ot get the better of for one while. You were hatched by a hen, as the sayin_s, but you came of the spawn of a cockatrice. I am glad to my heart tha_onest farmer Williams is dead; your villainy would else have made him curs_he day that ever he was born."
  • "Thomas, I am innocent' I swear by the great God that shall judge me anothe_ay, I am innocent!"
  • "Pray, do not swear! for goodness' sake, do not swear! your poor soul i_amned enough without that. For your sake, lad, I will never take any body'_ord, nor trust to appearances, tho' it should be an angel. Lord bless us! ho_moothly you palavered it over, for all the world, as if you had been as fai_s a new-born babe! But it will not do; you will never be able to persuad_eople that black is white. For my own part, I have done with you. I loved yo_esterday, all one as if you had been my own brother. To-day I love you s_ell, that I would go ten miles with all the pleasure in life to see yo_anged."
  • "Good God, Thomas! have you the heart? What a change! I call God to witness, _ave done nothing to deserve it! What a world do we live in!"
  • "Hold your tongue, boy! It makes my very heart sick to hear you! I would no_ie a night under the same roof with you for all the world! I should expec_he house to fall and crush such wickedness! I admire that the earth does no_pen and swallow you alive! It is poison so much as to look at you! If you g_n at this hardened rate, I believe from my soul that the people you talk t_ill tear you to pieces, and you will never live to come to the gallows. Oh, yes, you do well to pity yourself; poor tender thing! that spit venom al_ound you like a toad, and leave the very ground upon which you crawl infecte_ith your slime."
  • Finding the person with whom I talked thus impenetrable to all I could say, and considering that the advantage to be gained was small, even if I coul_vercome his prepossession, I took his advice, and was silent. It was not muc_onger before every thing was prepared for my departure, and I was conducte_o the same prison which had so lately enclosed the wretched and innocen_awkinses. They too had been the victims of Mr. Falkland. He exhibited, upon _ontracted scale indeed, but in which the truth of delineation was faithfull_ustained, a copy of what monarchs are, who reckon among the instruments o_heir power prisons of state.