All this I know well myself, more by experience than by hearsay, and some day, senora, I will enlighten you on the subject, for I am of your flesh and blood too.
"Don’t mind that, senor," said Sancho; "I must tell you that my seeing her and the answer I brought you back were by hearsay too, for I can no more tell who the lady Dulcinea is than I can hit the sky."
Look here, heretic, have I not told thee a thousand times that I have never once in my life seen the peerless Dulcinea or crossed the threshold of her palace, and that I am enamoured solely by hearsay and by the great reputation she bears for beauty and discretion?
There are no more uses of "hearsay" in the book.
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Hearsay evidence is generally not permitted in the United States. It generally is permitted in England for civil cases.
Your tools have elevated gossip, hearsay and conjecture to the level of valid, mainstream communication.