Dodging The Responsibility
"Sir!" said Fieryfaces, the lawyer, to an unwilling witness, "Sir! do
you say, upon your oath, that Blinkins is a dishonest man?"
"I didn't say he was ever accused of being an honest man, did I?"
"Does the court understand you to say, Mr. Pipkins, that the plaintiff's
reputation is bad?" inquired the judge, merely putting the question to
keep his eyes open.
"I didn't say it was good, I reckon."
"Sir!" said Fieryfaces, "Sir-r! upon your oath--mind, upon your oath,
upon your oath, you say that Blinkins is a rogue, a villain and a
"You say so," was Pip's reply.
"Haven't you said so?"
"Why, you've said it," said Pipkins, "what's the use of my repeating
"Sir-r!" thundered Fieryfaces, the Demosthenean thunderer of Thumbtown,
"Sir-r! I charge you, upon your sworn oath, do you or do you not
say--Blinkins stole things?"
"No, sir," was the cautious reply of Pipkins. "I never said Blinkins
stole things, but I do say--he's got a way of finding things that
"Sir-r," said Fieryfaces, "you can retire," and the court adjourned.