The servant instantly showed it to one of the others, who, without saying a word to any of the family, went to a magistrate; and, upon their deposition, Justine was apprehended.
Mr. Kirwin is a magistrate, and you are to give an account of the death of a gentleman who was found murdered here last night.
Chapter 21 I was soon introduced into the presence of the magistrate, an old benevolent man with calm and mild manners.
The magistrate observed me with a keen eye and of course drew an unfavourable augury from my manner.
I was accordingly conducted, by the magistrate and several other persons, to the inn.
The magistrate listened to me with attention and kindness.
As I spoke, rage sparkled in my eyes; the magistrate was intimidated.
It is your duty as a magistrate, and I believe and hope that your feelings as a man will not revolt from the execution of those functions on this occasion.
The examination, the presence of the magistrate and witnesses, passed like a dream from my memory when I saw the lifeless form of Henry Clerval stretched before me.
But to a Genevan magistrate, whose mind was occupied by far other ideas than those of devotion and heroism, this elevation of mind had much the appearance of madness.
My change of manner surprised and pleased the magistrate; perhaps he thought that my former exclamation was a momentary return of delirium, and now he instantly resumed his former benevolence.
The magistrate appeared at first perfectly incredulous, but as I continued he became more attentive and interested; I saw him sometimes shudder with horror; at others a lively surprise, unmingled with disbelief, was painted on his countenance.
About half a dozen men came forward; and, one being selected by the magistrate, he deposed that he had been out fishing the night before with his son and brother-in-law, Daniel Nugent, when, about ten o’clock, they observed a strong northerly blast rising, and they accordingly put in for port.
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