Quotation by Mark Twain

Tom took his whipping and went back to his seat not at all broken-hearted, for he thought it was possible that he had unknowingly upset the ink on the spelling-book himself, in some skylarking bout—he had denied it for form's sake and because it was custom, and had stuck to the denial from principle.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, ch. 20 (1876).
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