"Quite the contrary. Criminal cases of what we call the first instance are growing rarer. In fact, almost my only work just now is holding inquiries into more serious breaches of the new regulations. Our ordinary laws have never been so well respected."
"That’s because, by contrast, they necessarily appear good ones," Tarrou observed. (2.9.70-1)
"What does that matter? It’s not the law that counts; it’s the sentence. And that is something we must all accept."
"That fellow," said Tarrou when the magistrate was out of hearing, "is Enemy Number One." (2.9.73-4)
"It’s something that happened ages ago," he began. "Somehow they’ve dug it up. I thought it had all been forgotten. […] And I felt pretty sure they’d end up by arresting me."
"And is that the reason," Tarrou asked, "why you had the bright idea of hanging yourself?"
"Yes. It was a damn-fool thing to do, I admit." (2.9.185-202)