But, as no particle of evidence on his side was advanced, the protest of his representative was rejected, and Bothwell, acquitted in default of witnesses against him, was free to challenge any persistent accuser to the ancient ordeal of battle.
This duty was about as pleasant as a stick in the eye in Dean's mind, but the interrupted householders were uniformly pleasant to him, making the necessary ordeal nearly tolerable.
This is the language of the ancient ordeal which as a test of innocence required the accused to touch or still better to eat a holy element.
They slew the sheriff of Angus (1391-1392) in a battle, and then two clan-confederacies, quarrelling among themselves, put their cause to the ordeal of fight, in the famous combat of thirty against thirty, on the Inch of Perth (see Scott's Fair Maid of Perth).
Routh, q.v.) in the higher ordeal of the Smith's prize examination.
Exhaustion from the ordeal was taking its toll on Carmen as well, but she tried to stay awake.
Have perhaps saved Savonarola's life, Charles of France, had died on the day of the ordeal by fire.
Moreover, the Psylli would test the legitimacy of their new-born by exposing them to serpents which would not harm those of pure birth, and a similar ordeal among the Ophiogenes of Asia Minor showed whether a man was really of their kin.
The general sense is clear, that those who consume the holy food without a clear conscience, like those who handle sacred objects with impure hands, will suffer physical harm from its contact, as if they were undergoing the ordeal of touching a holy thing.
She didn't know if he'd welcome the gift or if his recent ordeal left him more jaded toward his past.