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.
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.
"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.
No, brother, you are wrong, environment accounts for a great deal in crime
; I can assure you of that."
Whether the man personating a mechanic was, or was not, an accomplice in the crime
, it is impossible to say.
This house was gloomy because it was remorseful: it was remorseful because it concealed a crime
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?
How were you driven to commit such a terrible crime
Confound her, I couldn't make her see that sudden passion is an ex- tenuating circumstance in the killing of venison -- or of a person -- so I gave it up and let her sulk it out I DID think I was going to make her see it by remark- ing that her own sudden passion in the case of the page modified that crime