imputations we may mitigate by the use of other
words; luxury will be softened down into generosity,
avarice into economy, carelessness into simplicity,
and I shall seek to win a certain amount of favour
or pity by look, voice and attitude. Sometimes a
frank confession is of itself sufficient to move the
jury to tears. And I should like to ask those who
differ from me whether they are prepared to defend
what they have refused to state, or no.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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