But how will you make yourself proof against calumny?
What I mean by being proof against calumny is being able to point to the fact as a contradiction.
He would take a great deal of pains about apprenticing Tegg the shoemaker’s son, and he would watch over Tegg’s church-going; he would defend Mrs. Strype the washerwoman against Stubbs’s unjust exaction on the score of her drying-ground, and he would himself-scrutinize a calumny against Mrs. Strype.
Lydgate would understand that if his friends hear a calumny about him their first wish must be to justify him.
He would not retreat before calumny, as if he submitted to it.
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The committee is characterized by chaos and calumny.