But an I would, I could not, for that the accuser
came masked by night, and told the forester, and straightway got him hence again, and so the forester knoweth him not.
For the penalty of unrighteousness is swifter than death; that penalty has already overtaken his accusers
as death will soon overtake him.
At this moment the accuser
concluded with these words: "The present accusation is preferred by us in the name of the English people.
He had stood there like an accuser
, like a judge, not like a--a what?
But let us assume that what is called science can harmonize all contradictions and possesses an unchanging standard of good and bad by which to try historic characters and events; let us say that Alexander could have done everything differently; let us say that with guidance from those who blame him and who profess to know the ultimate aim of the movement of humanity, he might have arranged matters according to the program his present accusers
would have given him- of nationality, freedom, equality, and progress (these, I think, cover the ground).
And this cruel outward accuser
was there in the shape of a wife--nay, of a young bride, who, instead of observing his abundant pen-scratches and amplitude of paper with the uncritical awe of an elegant-minded canary-bird, seemed to present herself as a spy watching everything with a malign power of inference.
And the Woggle-Bug shall be the Public Accuser
, because he is so learned that no one can deceive him.
If I am mistaken," said the accuser
, "I shall gladly apologize; but before I do so first let monsieur le count explain the extra cards which I saw him drop into his side pocket.
The man and the woman stood face to face - the light badinage which had been passing between them suddenly ended - the man, with his sin stripped bare, mercilessly exposed, the woman, his accuser
, passionately eloquent, pouring out her scorn upon a mute victim.
I confess," said the Accuser
, "that in comparison with the rascally way in which you have conducted yourself on the Bench, the rascally way in which you got there does seem rather a trifle.
Recovering somewhat from my surprise at this astounding charge, I was half-minded to throttle the audacious accuser
, but was restrained by a sudden conviction that came to me in the light of a revelation.
Bid the chancellor and the sub-chancellor lead in the brothers according to age, together with brother John, the accused, and brother Ambrose, the accuser