chapter  5
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Silence: The Effect on an Accusation

W the fl oor dying with the dagger still lodged in his chest, and while attempting to save him she starts to pull the dagger out. Here is the twist: while in the act of pulling the dagger out of Mark’s chest, Maggie is seen by Mark’s wife Felicity, who believes that what she is witnessing is Maggie killing Mark. On seeing Felicity, a startled Maggie says nothing to protect her husband John. The motive behind Maggie’s silence in this instance is not to expose her husband’s crime – what is interesting, and the topic of our discussion here, is where the law lies on this issue.