“You did wilfully aid the guilty to escape; by our laws, that is a serious crime. What have you to say in your defence?”
As denunciations went, the Doctor considered this one rather tame.
“Guilty? It was a goat!”
“It committed a theft. It broke into Goodman Durren’s orchard and ate the fallen apples that were to be made into cider.”
“Then Goodman Durren should build a better fence. That one wouldn’t keep anything out.”
“Nevertheless, a crime was committed.”
“It was a GOAT! You people have way too much time on your hands if you go around prosecuting livestock.”