CHAPTER XVI

SHE silently nodded her head and smiled, satisfied that her son had spoken so bravely, perhaps still more satisfied that he had finished. The thought darted through her mind that the speech was likely to increase the dangers threatening Pavel; but her heart palpitated with pride, and his words seemed to settle in her bosom.

Andrey arose, swung his body forward, looked at the judges sidewise, and said:

“Gentlemen of the defense——”

“The court is before you, and not the defense!” observed the judge of the sickly face angrily and loudly. By Andrey’s expression the mother perceived that he wanted to tease them. His mustache quivered. A cunning, feline smirk familiar to her lighted up his eyes. He stroked his head with his long hands, and fetched a breath.

“Is that so ? ” he said, swinging his head. “ I think not. That you are not the judges, but only the defendants——”

“I request you to adhere to what directly pertains to the case,” remarked the old man dryly.

“To what directly pertains to the case ? Very well ! I’ve already compelled myself to think that you are in reality judges, independent people, honest——”

“The court has no need of your characterization,” “ It has no need of such a characterization ? Hey ?

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • List of Illustrations xvii
  • Part I 1
  • Chapter I 3
  • Chapter II 11
  • Chapter III 24
  • Chapter IV 41
  • Chapter V 50
  • Chapter VI 62
  • Chapter VII 71
  • Chapter VIII 80
  • Chapter IX 93
  • Chapter X 102
  • Chapter XI 114
  • Chapter XII 125
  • Chapter XIII 131
  • Chapter XIV 155
  • Chapter XV 166
  • Chapter XVI 179
  • Chapter XVII 192
  • Chapter XVIII 205
  • Chapter XIX 217
  • Chapter XX 225
  • Part II 237
  • Chapter I 239
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  • Chapter III 271
  • Chapter IV 287
  • Chapter V 300
  • Chapter VI 309
  • Chapter VII 323
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  • Chapter IX 341
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  • Chapter XI 371
  • Chapter XII 392
  • Chapter XIII 404
  • Chapter XIV 421
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