“That Virtue…was in a manner contagious; more especially the bright virtue known as patriotism , or love of country. That the lofty example of this immaculate and unimpeachable witness [John Basard] for the Crown….”
“Neither did he [Roger Cly] call it a curious coincidence that true patriotism was his only motive too. He was a true Briton, and hoped there were many like him.”
What is the narrator’s tone in these descriptions of patriotism?