Several strange facts combined against her, which might have staggered anyone who had not such proof of her innocence as I had.
But I do not pretend that my protestations should acquit me; I rest my innocence on a plain and simple explanation of the facts which have been adduced against me, and I hope the character I have always borne will incline my judges to a favourable interpretation where any circumstance appears doubtful or suspicious."
I beg permission to have a few witnesses examined concerning my character, and if their testimony shall not overweigh my supposed guilt, I must be condemned, although I would pledge my salvation on my innocence."
Godfrey's innocence, offered by the only person who was undeniably competent to speak from a positive knowledge of the subject.
Godfrey Ablewhite was in this house not two hours since, and that his entire innocence of all concern in the disappearance of the Moonstone was proclaimed by Miss Verinder herself, in the strongest language I ever heard used by a young lady in my life.
For this purpose I have shown that no acquisitions of guilt can compensate the loss of that solid inward comfort of mind, which is the sure companion of innocence
and virtue; nor can in the least balance the evil of that horror and anxiety which, in their room, guilt introduces into our bosoms.
For surely one important condition of innocence is unconsciousness of doing wrong.
I evaded all her moves; but when at last I decided to give her a hearing, I confess it needed all my cynicism to resist her air of innocence, of pathetic devotion.
In the melancholy experience of humanity to which his profession condemned him, he had seen conscious guilt assume the face of innocence, and helpless innocence admit the disguise of guilt: the keenest observation, in either case, failing completely to detect the truth.
I am not fit to be a member of your household, I am not worthy to live with the honest people who serve you, while my innocence is in doubt.
"Good God!" I cried, "does Eustace suppose that I doubt his innocence?"
"He denies that it is possible for you or for anybody to believe in his innocence," the Major replied.
Then, in a lull, P-'s protesting innocence
would become audible:
The servant could now easily prove his innocence
; and the king, to make amends for the wrong, allowed him to ask a favour, and promised him the best place in the court that he could wish for.
When the Tin Woodman sat down no one applauded him, for his arguments had not been very convincing and few believed that he had proved Eureka's innocence
. As for the Jury, the members whispered to each other for a few minutes and then they appointed the Hungry Tiger their spokesman.