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I suppose he will be received as if nothing had happened. There are plenty of others as bad as he is.”
“It’s a scandalous thing,” Francis Hammond said indignantly, “that, just because they have got powerful connections, men should be allowed to do, almost with impunity, things for which an ordinary man would be hung. There ought to be one law for the rich as well as the poor.”
“So there is as far as the state is concerned,” his companion replied. “A noble who plots against the state is as certain of a place in the lowest dungeons as a fisherman who has done the same; but in other respects there is naturally some difference.”
“Why naturally?” Francis retorted. “You belong to a powerful family, Giustiniani, and my father is only a trader, but I don’t see that naturally you have any more right to get me stabbed in the back, than I have to get you put out of the way.”
“Naturally perhaps not,” Matteo laughed;