Originally Posted by PhilS
I'll bet you dollars to donuts that he would say it is wrong to say that they "might" affect the sound. I think you're missing the thrust of his statement. But then again, I could be wrong.
No, I get it and you are probably right about his(?) intent but he(?) did not say it. You cannot accuse someone of libel based on what you think they believe only on what they openly express(*), as at the time of writing
"Might" seems appropriate here since I can conceive of some mix of materials that might make a big difference, Titanium might be a poor choice
* - Though silence can also be loud ......
CROMWELL But, Gentlemen of the jury, there are many kinds of silence. Consider first the silence of a man when he is dead. Let us say we go into the room where he is lying; and let us say it is in the dead of night-there's nothing like darkness for sharpening the ear; and we listen. What do we hear? Silence. What does it betoken, this silence? Nothing. This is silence, pure and simple. But consider another case. Suppose I were to draw a dagger from my sleeve and make to kill the prisoner with it, and suppose their lordships there, instead of crying out for me to stop or crying out for help to stop me, maintained their silence. That would betoken! It would betoken a willingness that 1 should do it, and under the law they would be guilty with me. So silence can, according to circumstances, speak. Consider, now, the circumstances of the prisoner's silence. The oath was put to good and faithful subjects up and down the country and they had declared His Grace's title to be just and good. And when it came to the prisoner he refused. He calls this silence. Yet is there a man in this court, is there a man in this country, who does not know Sir Thomas More's opinion of the King's title? Of course not! But how can that be? Because this silence betokened-nay, this silence was not silence at all but most eloquent denial.
MORE (With some of the academic's impatience for a shoddy line of reasoning) Not so, Master Secretary, the maxim is "qui tacet consentire." (Turns to COMMON MAN) The maxim of the law is (Very carefully) "Silence gives consent." If, therefore, you wish to construe what my silence "betokened," you must construe that I consented, not that I denied.
CROMWELL Is that what the world in fact construes from it? Do you pretend that is what you wish the world to construe from it?
MORE The world must construe according to its wits. This Court must construe according to the law.