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Quotation by Elizabeth Bowen
Innocence always calls mutely for protection, when we would be much wiser to guard ourselves against it ... innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world meaning no harm.
Elizabeth Bowen (1899–1973), British novelist, story writer, essayist, and memoirist; born in Ireland. From To the North (1961). As quoted in Elizabeth Bowen, ch. 5, by Victoria Glendinning (1979).
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