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  • One of the culprits will be mazzolato; [*] he is an atrocious villain, who murdered the priest who brought him up, and deserves not the smallest pity.
  • The first-named malefactor will be subjected to the mazzuola, the second culprit beheaded.
  • However, the two culprits advanced, and as they approached their faces became visible.
  • And, besides, they say that the culprit is an infamous scoundrel, who killed with a log of wood a worthy canon who had brought him up like his own son.
  • And yet here are two culprits.
  • Yes, that I have suffered; but the culprit?
  • As Dantes spoke, Villefort gazed at his ingenuous and open countenance, and recollected the words of Renee, who, without knowing who the culprit was, had besought his indulgence for him.
  • The reason for so publicly announcing all this is, that all good and faithful Catholics may offer up their prayers for the unfortunate culprits, and, above all, beseech of heaven to grant them a sincere repentance.
  • And when you have found the culprit, if you find him, I will say to you, ’You are a magistrate, do as you will!’
  • "Revenge yourself, then, Edmond," cried the poor mother; "but let your vengeance fall on the culprits,—on him, on me, but not on my son!"
  • The same flower of innocence had flourished, or was still flourishing, on their brow, that is seen on the brow of the culprit in your house.
  • "Follow the culprit’s steps; he first kills M. de Saint-Meran"— "O doctor!"
  • When crime has been committed, and God, doubtless in anger, turns away his face, it is for the physician to bring the culprit to justice.
  • Mademoiselle de Villefort is the culprit—she is the poisoner!
  • —for I am the only culprit, Edmond, and if you owe revenge to any one, it is to me, who had not fortitude to bear your absence and my solitude.
  • Faith, no, for between the culprit and the victim I have no choice.
  • "But," said Morrel, "the culprit—the murderer—the assassin."
  • This man has often made me shudder; and one day that we were viewing an execution, I thought I should faint, more from hearing the cold and calm manner in which he spoke of every description of torture, than from the sight of the executioner and the culprit.
  • I take as much interest in the pursuit of some whim as you do, M. Danglars, in promoting a new railway line; you, M. de Villefort, in condemning a culprit to death; you, M. Debray, in pacifying a kingdom; you, M. de Chateau-Renaud, in pleasing a woman; and you, Morrel, in breaking a horse that no one can ride.
  • "My father has revealed the culprit’s name; my father thirsts for revenge as much as you do, yet even he conjures you as I do to keep this secret.
  • …his armchair nearer to Madame Danglars; then resting both hands upon his desk he said in a voice more hollow than usual: "There are crimes which remain unpunished because the criminals are unknown, and we might strike the innocent instead of the guilty; but when the culprits are discovered" (Villefort here extended his hand toward a large crucifix placed opposite to his desk)—"when they are discovered, I swear to you, by all I hold most sacred, that whoever they may be they shall die.

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