which have no individual force on the ground
of strength will acquire force in virtue of their
number, since all tend to prove the same thing.
For instance, if one man is accused of having murdered another for the sake of his property, it may
be argued as follows: “You had expectations of
succeeding to the inheritance, which was moreover
very large: you were a poor man, and at the time
in question were specially hard pressed by your
creditors: you had also offended him whose heir
you were, and knew that he intended to alter his
will.” These arguments are trivial and commonplace in detail, but their cumulative force is
damaging. They may not have the overwhelming
force of a thunderbolt, but they will have all the
destructive force of hail.