"Is it possible," said he, "that where your liberty is at stake you can allow any such scruple to deter you from obtaining it?"
Provided, sir, the particulars you wish for do not interfere with my scruples or my conscience.
Really, madame, this is a scruple which naturally must occur to a pure mind like yours, but which would easily yield before sound reasoning.
"Yes," said Valentine; "and I have but one scruple,—that of leaving my dear grandmother’s remains, which I had undertaken to watch."
You may, therefore, comprehend, that being of no country, asking no protection from any government, acknowledging no man as my brother, not one of the scruples that arrest the powerful, or the obstacles which paralyze the weak, paralyzes or arrests me.
The person to whom I addressed my scruples asked me where your father had acquired his property?
Well, I have not intercepted your confidence, and yet I know all that as well as you, and I have no conscientious scruples.
I see no objection to that; my scruples do not go thus far.
You must attribute it only to natural scruples under similar circumstances.
Well, I must confess, these are scruples.
Suppose, for instance, the prisoner, as is more than probable, to have served under Napoleon—well, can you expect for an instant, that one accustomed, at the word of his commander, to rush fearlessly on the very bayonets of his foe, will scruple more to drive a stiletto into the heart of one he knows to be his personal enemy, than to slaughter his fellow-creatures, merely because bidden to do so by one he is bound to obey?
He stated his scruples and the difficulties of the case; it was the honor of M. de Morcerf, and that of the whole House, he proposed to defend, by provoking a debate on personal questions, which are always such painful themes of discussion.
Know, then, what I thought I had already told you, that in participation in this world’s affairs, more especially in their moral aspects, the Count of Monte Cristo has never ceased to entertain the scruples and even the superstitions of the East.
"Well, my good friend," returned the abbe, in a tone that indicated utter indifference on his part, "you are at liberty, either to speak or be silent, just as you please; for my own part, I respect your scruples and admire your sentiments; so let the matter end.
There are no more uses of "scruples" in the book.
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She doesn’t share my scruples on the subject.
Her scruples were not so strong as to withstand her friend’s arguments.