Revenues Required, but Not the Cowl. Discussion between the King and the Marquise. Madame Scarron Chosen as Arbiter. An Unanswerable Argument. "Such abuses," said the prelate, "were more than reprehensible; his Majesty is incapable of wishing to renew them.
He was apt to accept them on what he considered adequate authority, and his argumentation, formidable as it always was, recalled, even when most unanswerable at the moment, the application of pure mathematics without allowance for the actual forces, often difficult to ascertain except by experiment, which would have to be taken account of in practice.
New prisons at Framingham and Battersea; new penalties enacted by Parliament; and, above all, the unanswerable argument of the rack, and the gallows finally to close the discussion. And what of the army that was being set in array against the priests, and that was even now beginning to scour the country round Berkshire, Oxfordshire, and London?
"Except sometimes, when the power of resistance is weakened when the consciousness is strongly borne in upon us of the unanswerable wisdom of Solomon, who wrote 'I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun, because I should leave it to the man that should be after me. And who knows whether he shall be a wise man or a fool?"
Nothing definite had been alleged, but some of the members of the Committee had been informally notified, so Semple had this morning learned, that a specific charge of fraud, supported by unanswerable proof, was to be brought against the Rubber Consols management on the morrow. Thorpe reasoned out now, step by step, what that meant.
What skills it if I live, and if I die, What boots it? Any one knowing Ram Spudd as we do will realize that these questions, especially the last, are practically unanswerable. V. Aristocratic Anecdotes or Little Stories of Great People
Marat did not live to see the waning of his star; Danton was dragged to the guillotine by those whom he had taught to look upon that instrument of death as the only possible and unanswerable political argument; Robespierre succumbed to the orgies of bloodshed he himself had brought about. But Deroulede remained master of the people of Paris for as long as he chose to exert that mastery.
I recollected with what fervor I addressed the God of my youth; and once more with rapturous love looked above my sorrows to the Father of nature. "Maria" seemed to many of its readers an unanswerable proof of the charge of immorality brought against its authoress. Mrs. West, in her "Letters to a Young Man," pointed to it as evidence of Mary's unfitness for the world beyond the grave.
What right had she, his daughter, to sit in judgment upon him? Surely he was entitled to act for himself choose his own course make his own hell if he wished! It was all quite unanswerable. He knew she would not have attempted to answer if he had put it to her, but that very fact made him the more sore. He hated to feel himself at variance with Sylvia.
We shall consider "just how" later on, but the question which confronts us, and which has been called the "Final Question" and that which we pronounce unanswerable is this: "Why has the Infinite manifested and emanated Finite forms of being?"