He alone- with his ideal of glory and grandeur developed in Italy and Egypt, his insane self-adulation, his boldness in crime and frankness in lying- he alone could justify what had to be done.
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.
I think that it must have been the Devil or the Bete du Bon Dieu that committed the crime.
I think Daddy Jacques did wrong to leave behind him the weapon with which the crime was committed and, as he occupied the attic immediately above Mademoiselle Stangerson's room, the builder's job ordered by the examining magistrate will give us the key of the enigma and it will not be long before we learn by what natural trap, or by what secret door, the old fellow was able to slip in and out, and return immediately to the laboratory to Monsieur Stangerson, without his absence being noticed.
The foulest crime the fiends ever prompted feels lighter after confession; and I implore you to confess.
Father," said Flambeau at last, "it is my duty, not my curiosity only--it is my duty to find out, if I can, who committed the crime.
Well, strictly speaking, it did," Porfiry observed with noteworthy gravity; "a crime
of that nature may be very well ascribed to the influence of environment.
Whether the man personating a mechanic was, or was not, an accomplice in the crime
, it is impossible to say.
Oh, this is very interesting," said Debray; "if there really has been a crime
, we will investigate it.
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.
To kill the page was no crime
-- it was her right; and upon her right she stood, serenely and unconscious of offense.