How would you interpret this phrase “a few among many”?
MR. RAVENNER (the counsel): I have here a good deal of evidence, in print, news articles and so forth, to the effect your books are being read in Communist China. That you opposed the use of the atomic bomb. I have evidence you made the following statement. I want you to listen carefully, and then confirm or deny it. And here I quote Mr. Shepherd: “Our leader is an empty sack. You could just as well knock him over, put a head with horns on a stick, and follow that. Most of us never choose to believe in the nation, we just come up short on better ideas.” Mr. Shepherd, are these your words?
MR. SHEPHERD (the defendant): A few among many, yes. In a story.
MR. RAVENNER: Mr. Shepherd, I am asking a simple question. Did you write these words? You are asked only to confirm or deny.
MR. SHEPHERD: Yes. Those are my words.
MR. RAVENNER: Mr. Wood (the president of the hearing), gentlemen, that is all I have. This hearing is finished.How would you interpret this phrase “a few among many” said by Mr. Shepherd?
PS: Mr. Shepherd was a novelist.
Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.