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Inchbare's description (vague as you will presently find it to be) completely exonerates that man," said Sir Patrick, pointing to Geoffrey still asleep in his chair.
I imagine one cannot exonerate such a man from blame, though he is your brother," said Alexey Alexandrovitch severely.
He explained that his partner was then absent on an enterprise of importance, and that it particularly behoved himself publicly to accept the blame of what he had rashly done, and publicly to exonerate his partner from all participation in the responsibility of it, lest the successful conduct of that enterprise should be endangered by the slightest suspicion wrongly attaching to his partner's honour and credit in another country.
Surely,' said Rose, 'the poor child's story, faithfully repeated to these men, will be sufficient to exonerate him.