Young Bohemian maid, you confess your participation in the feasts, witches' sabbaths, and witchcrafts of hell, with ghosts, hags, and vampires?
You confess to having seen the ram which Beelzebub causes to appear in the clouds to call together the witches' sabbath, and which is beheld by socerers alone?
This is vague enough and slight enough, I must confess
, but I must confess
also that I had not even a conception of so much when I first read the "Inferno.
Why, you said you'd keep me here until I confessed
," returned Anne wearily, "and so I decided to confess
because I was bound to get to the picnic.
You have had a week to confess
in, and you have not done it yet.
When I wrote sternly and coldly, as I confess
I frequently did at the last, he blamed my harshness, and said it was enough to scare him from his home: when I tried mild persuasion, he was a little more gentle in his replies, and promised to return; but I had learnt, at last, to disregard his promises.
I could not, I confess
, help being pleased with what I ascribed to the motive of friendship, though it was carried to an excess, and all excess is faulty and vicious: but in this I made allowance for youth.
I was in no condition for doing much thinking, nor could I understand how Rouletabille could so control himself as to be able calmly to sit down for reflection when he must have known that Mademoiselle Stangerson was at that moment almost on the point of death.
We have again become pious"--so do those apostates confess
; and some of them are still too pusillanimous thus to confess
One thing he did with more sincerity confess
to was that living so long in Moscow, a life of nothing but conversation, eating and drinking, he was degenerating.
We often ate and drank with those men; and though I must confess
the conversion, as they call it, of the Chinese to Christianity is so far from the true conversion required to bring heathen people to the faith of Christ, that it seems to amount to little more than letting them know the name of Christ, and say some prayers to the Virgin Mary and her Son, in a tongue which they understood not, and to cross themselves, and the like; yet it must be confessed
that the religionists, whom we call missionaries, have a firm belief that these people will be saved, and that they are the instruments of it; and on this account they undergo not only the fatigue of the voyage, and the hazards of living in such places, but oftentimes death itself, and the most violent tortures, for the sake of this work.
Whether you confess
it or not is nothing to me now; for myself, I am convinced without it.