In Frankenstein, what does Elizabeth say in Justine’s defense?
Elizabeth describes Justine as her "poor guiltless" friend. She asks,
Alas! who is safe, if she be convicted of crime? I rely on her innocence as certainly as I do upon my own . . . If she is condemned, I never shall know joy more.
She is sure that Justine cannot be guilty of William's murder due to her very character and nature. Elizabeth feels that she knows Justine as well as she knows herself, and she is certain that Justine is innocent of this terrible crime. Elizabeth, thus, defends Justine by assuring everyone of the girl's trustworthiness.
During Justine's actual trial, Elizabeth is forced to admit that the bauble found in Justine's pocket is indeed the very one that Elizabeth had placed around William's own neck, and the people in the court seem to take this as a sure sign of her guilt. However, prior to the trial's finale, Elizabeth is compelled to speak more. She says,
I am well acquainted with the accused. I have lived in the same house with her [for seven] years. During all that period she appeared to me the most amiable and benevolent of human creatures. She nursed Madame Frankenstein , my aunt, in her last illness, with the greatest...
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