All things now assumed an anxious aspect; all was hurrying to a conclusion. Tomorrow the trial was to come on. "Security" is not a word for mortal man to use, more especially when the issue of an event depends on the opinions and actions of his fellow-creatures. Falkner's acquittal was probable, but not certain; even if the impression went in general in his favour, a single juryman might hold out, and perverseness, added to obstinacy, would turn the scale against him. Sickening fears crept over Elizabeth's heart; / she endeavoured to conceal them; she endeavoured to smile and repeat, "This is our last day of bondage."