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The trial commences the following morning Victor is extremely apprehensive as to what the verdict will be he is tortured by the thought that his curiosity and lawless devices will cause not only one death but two He mournfully reflects that Justine is a girl of exceptional qualities destined to lead an admirable life because of him her life will be cruelly foreshortened Victor briefly considers confessing to the crime himself but realizes that as he was at Ingolstadt on the night of the murder his confession would be dismissed as the ravings of a madman In court Justine stands calmly before her accusers her solemn face lends her an exquisite beauty The prosecutor brings forth a number of witnesses who provide compelling evidence against her she was out for the whole night on which the murder was committed she was seen near to the spot where the body was found when questioned she gave a confused and unintelligible answer and she became hysterical at the sight of Williams body The most damning piece of evidence however is the fact that Williams miniature which he had been wearing at the time of the murder was found in the pocket of Justines dress Justine called to the witness stand provides another account of the events with Elizabeths permission she had passed the night of the murder at her aunts house in Chne Upon hearing of Williams disappearance she spent several hours searching for him unable to return home as it had grown too late she determined to spend the night in a nearby barn Justine says that if she was near the body she did not know it her confusion was only a manifestation of her tiredness She remains unable to explain how the picture came to be on her person she can only assume that the murderer himself placed it there Though few witnesses are willing to come forth to aver Justines
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