very unhappy; full of misery
wretched in a starched collar and Sunday suit.
assist by suggesting the next words of something
(DRUMMOND is about to protest against
prompting the witness; then he decides it isn't worth the trouble.)
an unlicensed dealer in illegal drugs
And the legislature of this sovereign state has had the wisdom to demand that the
peddlers of poison—in bottles or in books—clearly label the products they attempt to sell!
language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate
The courtroom seems to resent DRUMMOND’S gentle
ridicule of the orator.
a person who delivers a speech
The courtroom seems to resent DRUMMOND’S gentle ridicule of the
concern with the distinction between right and wrong
The defense is asking that a thirteen-year-old boy hand down an opinion on a question of
the means whereby some act is accomplished
Suppose that makes the telephone an
instrument of the Devil?
cause to be confused emotionally
(Turning to DRUMMOND) Why do you
bewilder this child?
appeal or request earnestly
Arms out, DAVENPORT
pleads to the court, but is unheard.
disadvantage by bias
Realizing that I may
prejudice the case of my client, I must say that “Right” has no meaning to me whatsoever!
beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
But one of the
peculiar imbecilities of our time is the grid of morality we have placed on human behavior: so that every act of man must be measured against an arbitrary latitude of right and longitude of wrong—in exact minutes, seconds, and degrees!
come out into view, as from concealment
emerges from among the spectators.
in a set manner without serious attention
MEEKER swears her in
more than enough in size or scope or capacity
So you have had
ample opportunity to know the defendant, Mr. Cates, professionally?
put out of action (by illness)
Your Honor, I request that the defendant’s remarks be
stricken from the record.
blindly and obstinately attached to some creed or opinion
But how can we strike this young man’s
bigoted opinions from the memory of this community?
a card in the suit declared to rank above other suits
(BRADY turns, about to play his
trump card) Now, my dear.
heard through another rather than directly
Hearsay testimony is not admissible.
having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand
May I remind you, Miss Brown, that you are testifying under oath, and it is unlawful to withhold
guffaws and pointedly scribbles this down.
state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life
What did he say about the holy state of
annoy continually or chronically
gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby
There is a hushed
babble of excitement) Does the prosecution wish to call any further witnesses?
declared but not proved
Any testimony relating to his
alleged infringement of the law must be admitted!
any opinions at variance with the official position
And I refuse to allow these agnostic scientists to employ this courtroom as a sounding board, as a platform from which they can shout their
heresies into the headlines!
impossible to deny or disprove
incontrovertible as geometry in every enlightened community of minds!
as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise
breaking with convention or tradition
I—well, it’s highly
impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur
BRADY moves to the witness stand in
not acknowledging the God of monotheistic religions
I am not in the least interested in the
pagan hypotheses of that book.
showing arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
(BRADY is annoyed at DRUMMOND’S elementary attitude and
with obstinate determination
(He reads) “And Aphraxad
begat Salah; and Salah
begat Eber” and so on and so on.
constituting a copy or imitation of something
the quality of being holy
In a child’s power to master the multiplication table there is more
sanctity than in all your shouted “Amens!”
marked by lack of intellectual depth
DRUMMOND ignores this
an ignorant person
I’m trying to stop you bigots and
ignoramuses from controlling the education of the United States!
addressing an audience formally
So you, Matthew Harrison Brady, through
oratory, legislation, or whatever, pass along God’s orders to the rest of the world!
state of violent mental agitation
BRADY is almost in a