Yet she recollected that she had refused to admit this plea
on a recent occasion when Jane Carpenter had advanced it in extenuation of having called a fellow-student a liar.
Then with that assurance and your highness's good leave," said Don Quixote, "I hereby for this once waive my privilege of gentle blood, and come down and put myself on a level with the lowly birth of the wrong-doer, making myself equal with him and enabling him to enter into combat with me; and so, I challenge and defy him, though absent, on the plea
of his malfeasance in breaking faith with this poor damsel, who was a maiden and now by his misdeed is none; and say that he shall fulfill the promise he gave her to become her lawful husband, or else stake his life upon the question.
Wise politicians will be cautious about fettering the government with restrictions that cannot be observed, because they know that every breach of the fundamental laws, though dictated by necessity, impairs that sacred reverence which ought to be maintained in the breast of rulers towards the constitution of a country, and forms a precedent for other breaches where the same plea
of necessity does not exist at all, or is less urgent and palpable.
He does not need to be abashed who so well knew the answer to his plea
before the plea
were made," she replied, rising and placing her dear hands upon my shoulders, and so I took her in my arms and kissed her.
that otherwise the plot would have been ruined, is ridiculous; such a plot should not in the first instance be constructed.
Villefort immediately rose from table and quitted the room upon the plea
of urgent business; he soon, however, returned, his whole face beaming with delight.
Further, always using religion as a plea
, so as to undertake greater schemes, he devoted himself with pious cruelty to driving out and clearing his kingdom of the Moors; nor could there be a more admirable example, nor one more rare.
Always he would beg of us to pay attention to our lessons, on the plea
that Petinka was a good son, an exemplary son, a son who was in twofold measure a man of learning; after which he would wink at us so quizzingly with his left eye, and twist himself about in such amusing fashion, that we were forced to burst out laughing.
Now, since the affair of Nordlingen, they had experienced nothing but reverses; the parliament had a plea
for calling Mazarin to account for imaginary victories, always promised, ever deferred; but this time there really had been fighting, a triumph and a complete one.
The command of the spirit, inaudible except to the soul, and not to be controverted on grounds of human wisdom, was made a plea
for most indecorous exhibitions, which, abstractedly considered, well deserved the moderate chastisement of the rod.
Two hours later the woman of the shop met with an idle customer who had more money than discretion, and she sold this very thimble for six francs, under the plea
that it was a new fashion that had sprung out of the Revolution of July.
His exasperation at Hetty's suffering--and also at the sense that she was possibly thrust for ever out of his own reach--deafened him to any plea
for the miscalled friend who had wrought this misery.