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Pagina 8 - The secret which the murderer possesses soon comes to possess him ; and, like the evil spirits of which we read, it overcomes him, and leads him whithersoever it will. He feels it beating at his heart, rising to his throat, and demanding disclosure. He thinks the whole world sees it in his face, reads it in his eyes, and almost hears its workings in the very silence of his thoughts. It has become his master. It betrays his discretion, it breaks down his courage, it conquers his prudence. When suspicions...
Pagina 8 - Meantime the guilty soul cannot keep its own secret. It is false to itself; or, rather, it feels an irresistible impulse of conscience to be true to itself. It labors under its guilty possession, and knows not what to do with it. The human heart was not made for the residence of such an inhabitant.
Pagina 8 - It is accomplished, the deed is done. He retreats, retraces his steps to the window, passes out through it as he came in, and escapes. He has done the murder. No eye has seen him, no ear has heard him. The secret is his own, and it is safe ! Ah ! gentlemen, that was a dreadful mistake.
Pagina 126 - He told how murderers walk the earth Beneath the curse of Cain,— With crimson clouds before their eyes, And flames about their brain; For blood has left upon their souls Its everlasting stain! "And well...
Pagina 8 - Ah, gentlemen, that was a dreadful mistake! Such a secret can be safe nowhere. The whole creation of God has neither nook nor corner where the guilty can bestow it, and say it is safe.
Pagina 30 - ... conscience doth make cowards of us all. . . . And enterprises of great pith and moment...
Pagina 57 - Perception.—Enough has now been said to prove the general law of perception, which is this: that whilst part of what we perceive comes through our senses from the object before us, another part (and it may be the larger part) always comes out of our own mind.
Pagina 171 - Then, though green turtle fail, though venison's tough, And ham and turkey are not boiled enough, Serenely full, the epicure may say, "Fate cannot harm me, — I have dined to-day.
Pagina 14 - Freer, of the city of Detroit, county of Wayne, and State of Michigan, party of the first part...
Pagina 8 - ... proved. He had already taken his place among the most eminent lawyers of Massachusetts when he was snatched away by death." To return to Mr. Webster : I quote (from a fine American edition of his speeches, sent to me by a friend, who gave every promise of following in the same track) part of an " argument on the trial of John F. Knapp, for the murder of Joseph White, Esq., of Salem, in the county of Essex, Massachusetts, on the 6th of April, 1830.