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【MMO-004】1000人8時間限定版

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-18 20:18:02
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`Icannotundertaketosaythathewas.'

Hadheeverbeenaspyhimself?No,hescornedthebaseinsinuation.Whatdidheliveupon?Hisproperty.Wherewashisproperty?Hedidn'tpreciselyrememberwhereitwas.Whatwasit?Nobusinessofanybody's.Hadheinheritedit?Yes,hehad.Fromwhom?Distantrelation.Verydistant?Rather.Everbeeninprison?Certainlynot.Neverinadebtors'prison?Didn'tseewhatthathadtodowithit.Neverinadebtors'prison?--Come,onceagain.Never?Yes.Howmanytimes?Twoorthreetimes.Notfiveorsix?Perhaps.Ofwhatprofession?Gentleman.Everbeenkicked?Mighthavebeen.Frequently?No.Everkickeddown-stairs?Decidedlynot;oncereceivedakickonthetopofastaircase,andfelldown-stairsofhisownaccord.Kickedonthatoccasionforcheatingatdice?Somethingtothateffectwassaidbytheintoxicatedliarwhocommittedtheassault,butitwasnottrue.Swearitwasnottrue?Positively.Everlivebycheatingatplay?Never.Everlivebyplay?Notmorethanothergentlemendo.Everborrowmoneyoftheprisoner?Yes.Everpayhim?No.Wasnotthisintimacywiththeprisoner,inrealityaveryslightone,forcedupontheprisonerincoaches,inns,andpackets?No.Surehesawtheprisonerwiththeselists?Certain.Knewnomoreaboutthelists?No.Hadnotprocuredthemhimself,forinstance?No.Expecttogetanythingbythisevidence?No.Notinregulargovernmentpayandemployment,tolaytraps?Ohdearno.Ortodoanything?Ohdearno.Swearthat?Overandoveragain.Nomotivesbutmotivesofsheerpatriotism?Nonewhatever.

WhentheAttorney-Generalceased,abuzzaroseinthecourtasifacloudofgreatblue-flieswereswarmingabouttheprisoner,inanticipationofwhathewassoontobecome.Whentoneddownagain,theunimpeachablepatriotappearedinthewitness-box.

`Soatleastyousayhemayhavebeenoneofthem?'

`Itdid.'

`AmItowaitinthecourt,sir?'heasked,astheresultofthatconference.

`Doesheresembleeitherofthesetwopassengers?'

`IwasreturningfromFranceafewdaysafterwards,and,atCalais,theprisonercameonboardthepacket-shipinwhichIreturned,andmadethevoyagewithme.'

TheJudge,whoseeyeshadgoneinthegeneraldirection,recalledthem,leanedbackinhisseat,andlookedsteadilyatthemanwhoselifewasinhishand,asMr.Attorney-Generalrosetospintherope,grindtheaxe,andhammerthenailsintothescaffold.CHAPTERIIIADisappointmentMR.ATTORNEY-GENERALhadtoinformthejury,thattheprisonerbeforethem,thoughyounginyears,wasoldinthetreasonablepracticeswhichclaimedtheforfeitofhislife.Thatthiscorrespondencewiththepublicenemywasnotacorrespondenceofto-day,orofyesterday,orevenoflastyear,oroftheyearbefore.That,itwascertaintheprisonerhad,forlongerthanthat,beeninthehabitofpassingandrepassingbetweenFranceandEngland,onsecretbusinessofwhichhecouldgivenohonestaccount.That,ifitwereinthenatureoftraitorouswaystothrive(whichhappilyitneverwas),therealwickednessandguiltofhisbusinessmighthaveremainedundiscovered.ThatProvidence,however,hadputitintotheheartofapersonwhowasbeyondfearandbeyondreproach,toferretoutthenatureoftheprisoner'sschemes,and,struckwithhorror,todisclosethemtohisMajesty'sChiefSecretaryofStateandmosthonourablePrivyCouncil.That,thispatriotwouldbeproducedbeforethem.That,hispositionandattitudewere,onthewhole,sublime.That,hehadbeentheprisoner'sfriend,but,atonceinanauspiciousandanevilhourdetectinghisinfamy,hadresolvedtoimmolatethetraitorhecouldnolongercherishinhisbosom,onthesacredaltarofhiscountry.That,ifstatuesweredecreedinBritain,asinancientGreeceandRome,topublicbenefactors,thisshiningcitizenwouldassuredlyhavehadone.That,astheywerenotsodecreed,heprobablywouldnothaveone.That,Virtue,ashadbeenobservedbythepoets(inmanypassageswhichhewellknewthejurywouldhave,wordforword,atthetipsoftheirtongues;whereatthejury'scountenancesdisplayedaguiltyconsciousnessthattheyknewnothingaboutthepassages),wasinamannercontagious;moreespeciallythebrightvirtueknownaspatriotism,orloveofcountry.That,theloftyexampleofthisimmaculateandunimpeachablewitnessfortheCrown,torefertowhomhoweverunworthilywasanhonour,hadcommunicateditselftotheprisoner'sservant,andhadengenderedinhimaholydeterminationtoexaminehismaster'stable-drawersandpockets,andsecretehispapers.That,he(Mr.Attorney-General)waspreparedtohearsomedisparagementattemptedofthisadmirableservant;butthat,inageneralway,hepreferredhimtohis(Mr.Attorney-General's)brothersandsisters,andhonouredhimmorethanhis(Mr.Attorney-General's)fatherandmother.That,hecalledwithconfidenceonthejurytocomeanddolikewise.That,theevidenceofthesetwowitnesses,coupledwiththedocumentsoftheirdiscoveringthatwouldbeproduced,wouldshowtheprisonertohavebeenfurnishedwithlistsofhisMajesty'sforces,andoftheirdispositionandpreparation,bothbyseaandland,andwouldleavenodoubtthathehadhabituallyconveyedsuchinformationtoahostilepower.That,theselistscouldnotbeprovedtobeintheprisoner'shandwriting;butthatitwasallthesame;that,indeed,itwasratherthebetterfortheprosecution,asshowingtheprisonertobeartfulinhisprecautions.That,theproofwouldgobackfiveyears,andwouldshowtheprisoneralreadyengagedintheseperniciousmissions,withinafewweeksbeforethedateoftheveryfirstactionfoughtbetweentheBritishtroopsandtheAmericans.That,forthesereasons,thejury,beingaloyaljury(asheknewtheywere),andbeingaresponsiblejury(astheyknewtheywere),mustpositivelyfindtheprisonerGuilty,andmakeanendofhim,whethertheylikeditornot.That,theynevercouldlaytheirheadsupontheirpillows;that,theynevercouldtoleratetheideaoftheirwiveslayingtheirheadsupontheirpillows;that,theynevercouldendurethenotionoftheirchildrenlayingtheirheadsupontheirpillows;inshort,thattherenevermorecouldbe,forthemortheirs,anylayingofheadsuponpillowsatall,unlesstheprisoner'sheadwastakenoff.ThatheadMr.Attorney-Generalconcludedbydemandingofthem,inthenameofeverythinghecouldthinkofwitharoundturninit,andonthefaithofhissolemnasseverationthathealreadyconsideredtheprisonerasgoodasdeadandgone.


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