Next, as to the manner in which the crime
There is no step, no crime
or petty fraud he commits, which in the mouths of those around him is not at once represented as a great deed.
The machinery it has set up for the detection of crime
is miserably ineffective--and yet only invent a moral epigram, saying that it works well, and you blind everybody to its blunders from that moment.
It should not surprise us to find in the one man the perfection of two such lines of activity if we remember that the daily press was already beginning to transform itself and to become what it is to-day--the gazette of crime
"What shall we do now?" asked the Scarecrow, with a sigh, for such a crime
had cast a gloom over all the company.
"Well," said Monte Cristo, "you may believe me if you like, but it is my opinion that a crime
has been committed in this house."
The foulest crime
the fiends ever prompted feels lighter after confession; and I implore you to confess.
And I say to you: one drop of water suffices to make the full vase overflow; one slight fault may draw down punishment upon the head spared, despite many crimes
"At last, charged with murders, with debauchery, hated by every one and yet threatening still, like a panther thirsting for blood, she fell under the blows of men whom she had rendered desperate, though they had never done her the least injury; she met with judges whom her hideous crimes
had evoked; and that executioner you saw -- that executioner who you say told you everything -- that executioner, if he told you everything, told you that he leaped with joy in avenging on her his brother's shame and suicide.
Or can any carnal appetite so overpower your reason, or so totally lay it asleep, as to prevent your flying with affright and terror from a crime
which carries such punishment always with it?
The merchant was still pondering on this subject when he was summoned before the chief of police and questioned about his crime
, which he could not deny.
"Monsieur the President," replied the advocate, "since the defendant has confessed the crime
, I have only one word to say to these gentlemen.