What if it were true. It could not be: but what if it were. Strange but true.
A sudden partisanship arose within Pierce's heart, a longing so deep and simple that he could not even be puzzled by it: a longing indistinguishable from grief, that the story ought to be true, and could not be.
Это из второго тома "Эгипта". Проверил по Гуглу: рассказ о процессе - чистая правда.