by drinking nothing at all, or eating either, until twelve of them are all of one opinion; which, to render more difficult, the palaverers
, the lawyers, are allowed to address them a whole day, or longer, previously on different sides of the question or fact, so as to "perplex and dash their counciles."There are what are called judges also, who preside, and these are allowed also to give different opinions on the case.
There are some old-stagers, whose work received scant or no attention under the post-1968 regime: Ladislav Fuks has a piece dating from about 1964 about a school child's reaction to the Nazi occupation of the Sudetenland, and there is an extract from Hrabal's Palaverers
(Pabitele--which I have always felt should be rendered as 'Yarn-Spinners') from the same year.