We find it impossible to avoid mistakes even in determining who has committed a single criminal act, and the problem how far a man is to be held responsible for the unforeseen consequences of his own deed, is one that might well make us tremble to look into it.
Human experience is usually paradoxical, if that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
What has that to do with Miss Brooke's marrying him? She does not do it for my amusement.' ‘He has got no good red blood in his body,' said Sir James. ‘No. Somebody put a drop under a magnifying-glass, and it was all semicolons and parentheses,' said Mrs Cadwallader.
I should say she didn't," said Mr. Macey, significantly. "Before I said "sniff", I took care to know as she'd say "snaff", and pretty quick too. I wasn't a-going to open my mouth, like a dog at a fly, and snap it to again, wi' nothing to swaller.
Young women of such birth, living in a quiet country-house, and attending a village church hardly larger than a parlor, naturally regarded frippery as the ambition of a huckster's daughter.