excessively hot and humid or marked by sweating and faintness
The townspeople are packed into the
pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
BRADY sits grandly at another table, fanning himself with
benign self assurance.
easily irritated or annoyed
BANNISTER (A little
a nervous restrained laugh
(There are a few
titters through the courtroom) He’ll do.
derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in
basks in the warmth of his popularity) I do not feel that the dignity of the court will suffer if we remove a few superfluous outer garments.
more than is needed, desired, or required
BRADY basks in the warmth of his popularity) I do not feel that the dignity of the court will suffer if we remove a few
superfluous outer garments.
diffusing warmth and friendliness
relating to or characteristic of a metropolis
Is the counsel for the defense showing us the latest fashion in the great
metropolitan city of Chicago?
a manner lacking seriousness
I object to the note of levity which the counsel for the defense is introducing into these proceedings.
given as an honor without the normal duties
Well—he was made an
Honorary Colonel in our State Militia.
adhering to moral principles
The use of this title prejudices the case of my client: it calls up a picture of the prosecution, astride a white horse, ablaze in the uniform of a militia colonel, with all the forces of right and
righteousness marshaled behind him.
with extreme care or delicacy
Then the MAYOR steps
gingerly toward DRUMMOND) By—by authority of—well, I’m sure the Governor won’t have any objection—I hereby appoint you, Mr. Drummond, a temporary Honorary Colonel in the State Militia.
of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
It is not often in a man’s life that he attains the
exalted rank of “temporary Honorary Colonel.”
to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
denouncing the defendant before the trial has even begun!
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
Strolling toward the witness chair)
based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence
Your Honor, my worthy opponent from Chicago is cluttering the issue with
give or supply
I am not altogether satisfied that Mr. Sillers will
an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
(The following becomes a simultaneous
wrangle among the attorneys.)
an offensive or indecent word or phrase
Nobody’s forgotten the Endicott Publishing case—where you made the jury believe the
obscenity was in their own minds, not on the printed page.
deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
immoral what you did to that jury.
relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages
All I want is to prevent the clock-stoppers from dumping a load of
medieval nonsense into the United States Constitution.
a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge
(The JUDGE beats with his
of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior
I object to this
a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
In marked contrast, DRUMMOND packs away his
brief in a tattered leather case; but no one comes near him.
a quarrel about petty points
Then they’d stop all this
fuss, and—everything would be like it was.
an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed
(He takes a deep breath, then turns abruptly) Cates, I’ll change your
plea and we’ll call off the whole business—on one condition.
characterized by lack of decision and firmness
(law) the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to it for decision; can be used in formulating a judgment
(He looks squarely at CATES) Well, what’s the
a person who is rejected (from society or home)
Especially when he’s a
pariah in the community.