The Case for the Defense

by Graham Greene

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What is the significance of the line, "No, this murderer was all but found with the body," in "The Case for the Defence"?

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The line suggests the absolute certainty with which the accused Adams was perceived to be guilty in the exposition of the trial.  The line that precedes it helps to establish its significance:

This was not one of those cases of circumstantial evidence in which you feel the jurymen's anxiety because mistakes have been made - like domes of silence muting the court.

There is a certainty in this particular case.  The narrator makes it clear that the collection of eyewitness testimony which will corroborate the defendant's guilt.  The certainty was evident "when the Crown counsel outlined his case believed that the man in the dock stood any chance at all."  In this context, there was a certainty in the guilt of the accused.  The line helps to establish the exposition of the story, one in which there is a sense of knowing and certainty in the trial's outcome. This will be challenged in the events of the trial and what will follow when the trial ends.

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