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The Trial of Callista Blake

Edgar Pangborn

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In 1959, in the state of New Essex, a witch was on trial. Or so she seemed to many of the jurors who would ultimately decide her fate, and to the people who thronged the crowded courtroom, many of them friends of the murdered woman. On trial for poisoning her former lover's wife, she would--if found guilty--be executed.Callista Blake is nineteen years old at the time of her trial. She has a very slight physical deformity, and the much greater mental ones of apparent aloofness, fierce independence of mind, a laconic and sometimes sarcastic wit, marked but unconventional artistic talent, avowed atheism, and a complete inability to compromise. Added to all this, although she is not beautiful by any of the usual criteria, men find her overwhelmingly attractive. No wonder the good people of Winchester and Shanesville dislike her, fear her, and, subconsciously, at least, think she is a witch. No wonder they do not believe Callista's story that she had mixed the deadly potion of Monkshood and brandy for herself at a moment of suicidal depression, and had been prevented by a miscarriage from saving Nancy Doherty, who had drunk the stuff accidentally. The circumstantial evidence against Callista could not be more damning, yet there are one or two people unshakeably convinced of her innocence.This is the story of their struggle in the courtroom to save her. On her side are one witness--Edith Nolan, her friend and former employer--her defending counsel--Cecil Warner, a sick, aging man who loves her--and Terence Mann, who in his role as judge is obliged to attempt impartiality but, trying his first case carrying the death penalty, is appalled that the fate of a human being can be at the mercy of anything so haphazard as the adversary system and the whim of a jury. We see Callista's ordeal and the events that brought her to it from the viewpoints of all these people, as well as that of Callista herself. We see T. J. Hunter, the formidable District Attorney (they call him hunter Hunter), Jim Doherty, only too willing to accept

Language:

English

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Length:

13h 5m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

39:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

31:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

35:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

30:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

38:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

39:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

33:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

43:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

32:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

40:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

49:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

19:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

53:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

38:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

33:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

22:46