Stareleigh

Stareleigh

Justice “a most particularly short man.” [Br. Lit.: Pickwick Papers]
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Justice Stareleigh (who sat in the absence of the Chief Justice, occasioned by indisposition) was a most particularly short man, and so fat, that he seemed all face and waistcoat.
Justice Stareleigh, who immediately wrote down something with a pen without any ink in it, and looked unusually profound, to impress the jury with the belief that he always thought most deeply with his eyes shut.
He would roll onto the platform provided for his performance and, having brought Stareleigh to the flesh, would switch into the role of the chemist pressed into jury duty in the famous trial scene from The Pickwick Papers, becoming--as much as his own physical attributes would allow--the tall, thin, yellow-visaged Thomas Groffin interrupting his swearing-in to beg the court's pardon but may he be excused from attending.