“You are putting the thunderbolt on its trial.»
The Bishop felt, without, perhaps, confessing it, that something within him had suffered extinction. Nevertheless, he put a good face on the matter. He replied:— «The judge speaks in the name of justice; the priest speaks in the name of pity, which is nothing but a more lofty justice.
A thunderbolt should commit no error.» And he added, regarding the member of the Convention steadily the while, «Louis XVII.?»
The conventionary stretched forth his hand and grasped the Bishop's arm.”