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in criminal law, a person who, though not present at the commission of a crime, becomes a participator in the crime either before or after the fact of commission. An accessory before the fact is one whose counsel or instigation leads another to commit a crime.
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Fouquet had accomplices, or even that he was guilty?
"Yes; but she would then be the accomplice of an assassination."
It is you and your accomplice who have to dread punishment, not I."
"Oh, I am not afraid of you or your accomplice," she answered spiritedly.
Whether the man personating a mechanic was, or was not, an accomplice in the crime, it is impossible to say.
Either the servant was the accomplice of his master, and in this case the master knew of his operations, and he should fail; or else the servant knew nothing about the robbery, and then his interest would be to abandon the robber.
Ferrari never knew that her husband had been--not, as she supposed, the Countess's victim-- but the Countess's accomplice. She still believed that the late Lord Montbarry had sent her the thousand-pound note, and still recoiled from making use of a present which she persisted in declaring had
Yes, and one hand, which will always be mine--the hand of my accomplice." She lifted up that hand and kissed it.
"The name of the man whose accomplice you are, Mme.
"I am the ghost's accomplice? I?...His accomplice in what, pray?"
The adventures of his rogue of a hero, who began life as the servant and accomplice of a blind beggar, and then adventured on through a most diverting career of knavery, brought back the atmosphere of Don Quixote, and all the landscape of that dear wonder- world of Spain, where I had lived so much, and I followed him with all the old delight.
de Villefort towards his own relations, I ought to have denounced him to the authorities; then I should not have been an accomplice to thy death, as I now am, sweet, beloved Valentine; but the accomplice shall become the avenger.