Counsel: Is it your considered opinion that the statement you made some time in the early nineteenth century is one that would be supported by a great many people?
Witness: It is.
Counsel: Would you care to tell the court what that statement was?
Witness: I trust the court will understand that an agreement between me and my publisher prevents me from doing so.
Counsel: Was it to the effect that unmarried men with a certain adequacy of funds are prey to the designs of mothers looking for husbands for their daughters?
Witness: I fear I cannot answer that.
Counsel: No further questions, m’lud.
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