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wasoxygen  ·  349 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 1, 2017

    "I am laying down good intentions, which I believe durable as flint. Certainly, my associates and pursuits shall be other than they have been."

    "And better?"

    "And better - so much better as pure ore is than foul dross. You seem to doubt me; I don't doubt myself: I know what my aim is, what my motives are; and at this moment I pass a law, unalterable as that of the Medes and Persians, that both are right."

    "They cannot be, sir, if they require a new statute to legalise them."

    "They are, Miss Eyre, though they absolutely require a new statute: unheard-of combinations of circumstances demand unheard-of rules."

    "That sounds a dangerous maxim, sir; because one can see at once that it is liable to abuse."

    "Sententious sage! so it is: but I swear by my household gods not to abuse it."

    "You are human and fallible."

    "I am: so are you - what then?"

    "The human and fallible should not arrogate a power with which the divine and perfect alone can be safely intrusted."

    "What power?"

    "That of saying of any strange, unsanctioned line of action, - 'Let it be right.'"

    "'Let it be right' - the very words: you have pronounced them."