The Hour and the Man

Prince Lotarno rose slowly to his feet, casting one malignant glance at the prisoner before him.

“You have heard,” he said, “what is alleged against you. Have you anything to say in your defence?”

The captured brigand laughed.

“The time for talk is past,” he cried. “This has been a fine farce of a fair trial. You need not have wasted so much time over what you call evidence. I knew my doom when I fell into your hands. I killed your brother; you will kill me. You have proven that I am a murderer and a robber; I could prove the same of you if you were bound hand and foot in my camp as I am bound in your castle.

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