Besides, there had been no altercation; the assailant had come in so silently and suddenly, that she had been felled before she could look round.
—and resolved to make a full disclosure if I should see any such new occasion as a new chance of helping in the discovery of the assailant.
Under its influence (and perhaps to make up for the want of the softer feeling) I was seized with a violent indignation against the assailant from whom she had suffered so much; and I felt that on sufficient proof I could have revengefully pursued Orlick, or any one else, to the last extremity.
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fought off my assailant
The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point.