In the Dock
In the Dock
This chapter elaborates on the different aspects of court proceedings faced by Queensberry, whose trial, commented Sir Travers Humphreys, exhibited all the features of a cause célèbre. As Queensberry pleaded not guilty to the indictment on the grounds that the libel was true and published for the public's benefit, he cast a glance of undisguised contempt at Wilde. Sir Edward Clarke rose to make the opening statement for the prosecution. As he spoke, an intensely attentive quiet fell over the courtroom. Queensberry, perhaps relieved that the trial had begun at last, appeared more at ease and occasionally smiled and nodded. During Wilde's questioning by Clarke, Queensberry's expression did not change but was complemented occasionally by subdued and angry mutterings.
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