There is there is,'' answered the wretched woman, ``deep, black, damning guilt, guilt, that lies like a load at my breast guilt, that all the penitential fires of hereafter cannot cleanse.
for even within these accursed walls, where, as thou well sayest, guilt shrouds itself in inscrutable mystery, even there has the name of Cedric been sounded and I, wretched and degraded, have rejoiced to think that there yet breathed an avenger of our unhappy nation.
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.
But there lay the embroidered letter, glittering like a lost jewel, which some ill-fated wanderer might pick up, and thenceforth be haunted by strange phantoms of guilt
, sinkings of the heart, and unaccountable misfortune.
of Dusar might be for ever buried with her bones," he concluded in a low, savage whisper.
He was entirely absorbed by two considerations: his wife's guilt
, of which after his sleepless night he had not the slightest doubt, and the guiltlessness of Dolokhov, who had no reason to preserve the honor of a man who was nothing to him.
It was too horrible a confusion of guilt
, too gross a complication of evil, for human nature, not in a state of utter barbarism, to be capable of
And in the Tower, in a dreary room whose thick stone walls shut out the hum of life, and made a stillness which the records left by former prisoners with those silent witnesses seemed to deepen and intensify; remorseful for every act that had been done by every man among the cruel crowd; feeling for the time their guilt
his own, and their lives put in peril by himself; and finding, amidst such reflections, little comfort in fanaticism, or in his fancied call; sat the unhappy author of all--Lord George Gordon.
You say, he is keeping from you information which may fasten the guilt
on some other person.
Nothing could do away the knowledge of what the latter had suffered through his means, nor remove the guilt
of his conduct towards Eliza.
But suppose the worst: you have no right to say that the guilt
of her crime lies with him, and that he ought to bear the punishment.
There is no longer any doubt as to his complete guilt