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I heard you say," Is not my arm of length
If that thy valour stand on sympathies,
Denying what is affirmed is but an affirmation of the contrary, and is expressed like affirmation. De nying a favour-see REFUSING.
Denying an Accusation.
If I in act consent, or sin of thought,
Differing about the conduct of a War.
Bru. Well, to our work alive. What do
Cas. I do not think it good.
Bru. Your reason?
Differing in sentiment may be expressed nearly as refusing. See REFUSING.
Cas. This it is:
'Tis better that the enemy seek us,
So shall he waste his means, weary his soldiers,
Doing himself offence; whilst we, lying still,
Bru. Good reasons must of force give place to better.
These people at our backs.
Cas. Hear me, good brother
Bru. Under your pardon. You must note beside,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Shakesp. Jul. Cas.
Agreeing in opinion, or being convinced, is expressed nearly as granting. See GRANTING.
Agreeing in an Enterprize.
Post. I embrace these conditions; let us have articles
betwixt us; only thus far you shall answer, if you make your addesses to her, and give me directly to understand you have prevailed, I am no farther your enemy; she is not worth our debate. If she remain unseduced, you not making it appear otherwise; for your ill opinion, and the assault you have made to her chastity, you shall answer me with your sword.
Jac. Your hand, a covenant; we will have these things set down by lawful counsel, and straightway for Britain, lest the bargain should catch cold and starve. I will fetch my gold, and have our two wagers recorded. Ibid. Cymbeline.
Judging, demands a grave steady look, with deep attention, the countenance altogether clear from any appearance, either of disgust or favour. The pronunciation slow, distinct, and emphatical, accompanied with little action, and that very grave.
Judging according to strict Law.
Her. I beseech your grace that I may know,
Thes. Either to die the death, or to abjure
Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.
Her. So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord,
Thes. Take time to pause, and by the next new moon,
Shakesp. Mids. Night's Dream.
Reproving puts on a stern aspect, roughens the voice, and is accompanied with gestures, not much
different from those of threatening, but not so lively. It is like Reproach, but without the sourness and ill-nature. See REPROACH.
Reproving with Authority.
How comes it, Cassio, you are thus forgot,
Acquitting is performed with a benevolent, tranquil countenance, and mild tone of voice; the right hand is open, and waved gently towards the person acquitted, expressing dismission. See DISMISS
Condemning assumes a severe look, but sometimes mixed with pity. The sentence is expressed either with severity or pity, according to the guilt of the person condemned.
Passing sentence with Severity.
For this new-married man approaching here,
Of sacred chastity, and in promise breach,
Which, tho' thou would'st deny 'em, deny thee 'vantage.
We do condemn thee to the very block
Where Claudio stoop'd to death, and with like haste.
Passing sentence with Pity and Reluctance.
God quit you in his mercy! Hear your sentence:
Ibid. Hen. V.
Pardoning differs from acquitting in this the latter means clearing a person after trial of guilt, whereas the former supposes guilt, and signifies merely delivering the guilty person from punishment. Pardoning requires some degree of severity of aspect and tone of voice, because the pardoned person is not an object of entire unmixed approbation.
Pardoning a cruel Prosecution.
That thou may'st see the difference of our spirits,
Ibid. Merch. of Ven