You can no more change your nature, than your persecutors can theirs.
I have always spoken gently to you and have always sheltered you from your persecutors.
Anyhow, you and I, Jean, have been too much persecuted to turn into persecutors.
Cornwood leaped from his chair, and began to kick at his two persecutors.
The persecutors and their victims have long been dead, and judged.