1 I believed in her innocence; I knew it.
2 I will proclaim, I will prove your innocence.
3 God knows," she said, "how entirely I am innocent.
4 I am the assassin of those most innocent victims; they died by my machinations.
5 I know, I feel she was innocent; you are of the same opinion, and that confirms me.
6 This was a dire blow to poor Elizabeth, who had relied with firmness upon Justine's innocence.
7 Several strange facts combined against her, which might have staggered anyone who had not such proof of her innocence as I had.
8 I was innocent; that could easily be proved; accordingly I followed my conductor in silence and was led to one of the best houses in the town.
9 At one time I considered whether I should not declare myself guilty and suffer the penalty of the law, less innocent than poor Justine had been.
10 For my own part, I do not hesitate to say that, notwithstanding all the evidence produced against her, I believe and rely on her perfect innocence.
11 The tortures of the accused did not equal mine; she was sustained by innocence, but the fangs of remorse tore my bosom and would not forgo their hold.
12 My cousin," replied I, "it is decided as you may have expected; all judges had rather that ten innocent should suffer than that one guilty should escape.
13 I have murdered the lovely and the helpless; I have strangled the innocent as they slept and grasped to death his throat who never injured me or any other living thing.
14 Elizabeth also wept and was unhappy, but hers also was the misery of innocence, which, like a cloud that passes over the fair moon, for a while hides but cannot tarnish its brightness.
15 Elizabeth was sad and desponding; she no longer took delight in her ordinary occupations; all pleasure seemed to her sacrilege toward the dead; eternal woe and tears she then thought was the just tribute she should pay to innocence so blasted and destroyed.
16 Yet she appeared confident in innocence and did not tremble, although gazed on and execrated by thousands, for all the kindness which her beauty might otherwise have excited was obliterated in the minds of the spectators by the imagination of the enormity she was supposed to have committed.
17 It was to be decided whether the result of my curiosity and lawless devices would cause the death of two of my fellow beings: one a smiling babe full of innocence and joy, the other far more dreadfully murdered, with every aggravation of infamy that could make the murder memorable in horror.
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