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Robert Pitt: They can't hang me! They can't hang me!

Inspector Brown: The Home Secretary is still considering your case, sir. He wondered if an appeal to your patriotism...?

Robert Pitt: Patriotism, patriotism. Blind obedience to an outworn platitude. Don't come burbling this nonsense to me! Am I to be hanged or not?

Robert Pitt: Won't you take a seat?

Inspector Brown: I'm afraid I haven't much time sir.

Robert Pitt: At least that's one thing we have in common, Inspector.