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[12] A figure is also involved in a reply, when one question is asked and another is answered, because it suits the respondent's purpose better to do so, or because it aggravates the charge brought against the accused. For example, a witness for the prosecution was asked whether he had been cudgelled by the plaintiff, and replied, “And what is more, I had done him no harm.” Or the purpose may be to elude a charge, a very common form of reply. The advocate says, “I ask if you killed the man?” The accused replies, “He was a robber.” The advocate asks, “Have you occupied the farm?” The accused replies, “It was my own.”

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