A pure hand needs no glove to cover it!
 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1850). copy citation

Author Nathaniel Hawthorne
Source The Scarlet Letter
Topic purity hand glove
Date 1850
Language English
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“«It was found,» said the sexton, «this morning, on the scaffold where evil-doers are set up to public shame. Satan dropped it there, I take it, intending a scurrilous jest against your reverence. But, indeed, he was blind and foolish, as he ever and always is. A pure hand needs no glove to cover it!»
«Thank you, my good friend,» said the minister, gravely, but startled at heart; for, so confused was his remembrance, that he had almost brought himself to look at the events of the past night as visionary.” source

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