Certainly they were; supposing there were to be doubts raised as to the validity of your marriage or the legitimacy
of your child?
I now mean legitimacy
as connected with cause and effect, and nothing political or dynastic.
Some of them talked as if she were the guardian angel of Legitimacy
Come you, and see my child from hour to hour; set what you see against her pedigree, which is this, and this'--for I scorned to mince it--'and tell me what is the true legitimacy
when you shall have quite made up your mind on that subject.
The genial disdain of Michel Rollin, who called them impostors, was answered by him with vituperation, of which crapule and canaille were the least violent items; he amused himself with abuse of their private lives, and with sardonic humour, with blasphemous and obscene detail, attacked the legitimacy
of their births and the purity of their conjugal relations: he used an Oriental imagery and an Oriental emphasis to accentuate his ribald scorn.
It was the question of the child's legitimacy
that preyed on her mind, and, when all hope of Samuel's return was abandoned, she drowned herself and the child in the loch.
How are we to know it may not turn up in the future under circumstances which may place the legitimacy
of your children in doubt?