For the penalty of unrighteousness is swifter than death; that penalty has already overtaken his accusers as death will soon overtake him.
He will not say or do anything that might pervert the course of justice; he cannot have his tongue bound even 'in the throat of death.' With his accusers he will only fence and play, as he had fenced with other 'improvers of youth,' answering the Sophist according to his sophistry all his life long.
Perhaps he regarded these answers as good enough for his accuser, of whom he makes very light.
And I myself--do I thereby want to be man's accuser
? Ah, mine animals, this only have I learned hitherto, that for man his baddest is necessary for his best,--
"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."
At this moment the accuser concluded with these words: "The present accusation is preferred by us in the name of the English people."
This voice was that of Athos, who, standing up with outstretched hand and quite out of his mind, thus assailed the public accuser.
"You have but to slip your hand in the count's coat pocket and you will see that the accusation is quite serious," insisted the accuser. And then, as the others still hesitated to do so: "Come, I shall do it myself if no other will," and he stepped forward toward the count.
Then he turned to his accuser, and eyed him intently for a moment.
His dark eyes glanced rapidly over the assembly, and finally settled with a grim and menacing twinkle upon the face of his accuser.
"That can I," answered the accuser. "So too can brother Porphyry, who was with me, and brother Mark of the Spicarium, who hath been so much stirred and inwardly troubled by the sight that he now lies in a fever through it."
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."
And the Woggle-Bug shall be the Public Accuser
, because he is so learned that no one can deceive him."
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.
One of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers
says the late US financier was a "coward", and she feels "very angry and sad" that he killed himself before going to trial.