As Duncan dared not retort upon his accuser
by reminding him of his own premeditated treachery, and disdained to deprecate his resentment by any words of apology, he remained silent.
It were fairer to confront the accused with the accuser
You look as meek as a nigger," he felt as secret murderers are said to feel when the accuser
says, "Thou art the man
All crimes against the state, are punished here with the utmost severity; but, if the person accused makes his innocence plainly to appear upon his trial, the accuser
is immediately put to an ignominious death; and out of his goods or lands the innocent person is quadruply recompensed for the loss of his time, for the danger he underwent, for the hardship of his imprisonment, and for all the charges he has been at in making his defence; or, if that fund be deficient, it is largely supplied by the crown.
Then he proceeds to divide his accusers
into two classes; first, there is the nameless accuser
If an angel appeared to that young man as an accuser
of Milady, he would take him, in the mental disposition in which he now found himself, for a messenger sent by the devil.
Charles listened with marked attention, passing over the insults, noting the grievances, and, when hatred overflowed all bounds and the accuser
turned executioner beforehand, replying with a smile of lofty scorn.
For a moment he had staggered and nearly fallen, but the brandy brought a tinge of colour into his cheeks, and he sat staring with frightened eyes at his accuser
Her name is in these many mouths, her husband knows his wrongs, her shame will be published--may be spreading while she thinks about it--and in addition to the thunderbolt so long foreseen by her, so unforeseen by him, she is denounced by an invisible accuser
as the murderess of her enemy.
He had stood there like an accuser
, like a judge, not like a--a what?
And this cruel outward accuser
was there in the shape of a wife--nay, of a young bride, who, instead of observing his abundant pen-scratches and amplitude of paper with the uncritical awe of an elegant-minded canary-bird, seemed to present herself as a spy watching everything with a malign power of inference.
And the Woggle-Bug shall be the Public Accuser
, because he is so learned that no one can deceive him.