Lady Philosophy is on trial. Ms. Hawke, a counselor for the defense,
Bailiff: The court of public opinion is back in session. The honorable Justice Sage is still presiding!
Judge: Is the defense prepared to call its witnesses?
(Ms. Hawke steps forward)
Ms. Hawke: Yes, your honor.
Judge: Very well. Please proceed Ms. Hawke.
Ms. Hawke: Your honor, the defense wishes to call Thomas Jefferson.
Judge: Call Thomas Jefferson.
Bailiff: Thomas Jefferson! Born, 1743!
[Thomas Jefferson enters]
Bailiff: Mr. Jefferson, please raise your right hand. Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
Jefferson: I do. For, “truth is great, and will prevail if left to herself, and is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and can have nothing to fear from the conflict, unless (by human interposition) disarmed of her natural