But, out of the whole human family, it would not have been easy to select the same number of wise and virtuous persons, who should he less capable of sitting in judgment on an erring
woman's heart, and disentangling its mesh of good and evil, than the sages of rigid aspect towards whom Hester Prynne now turned her face.
That glad, happy air, that winsome sky, did at last stroke and caress him; the step-mother world, so long cruel -- forbidding --now threw affectionate arms round his stubborn neck, and did seem to joyously sob over him, as if over one, that however wilful and erring
, she could yet find it in her heart to save and to bless.
He was a fairly humane man toward slaves and other animals; he was an exceedingly humane man toward the erring
of his own race.
Stryver shouldering him towards the door, with an appearance of showering generosity, forbearance, and goodwill, on his erring
There is hardly a servant-maid in these days who is not better informed than Miss Nancy; yet she had the essential attributes of a lady--high veracity, delicate honour in her dealings, deference to others, and refined personal habits,--and lest these should not suffice to convince grammatical fair ones that her feelings can at all resemble theirs, I will add that she was slightly proud and exacting, and as constant in her affection towards a baseless opinion as towards an erring
if I have sinned in receiving her here, it was in the erring
thought that I might thus break off our brother's besotted devotion to this Jewess, which seemed to me so wild and unnatural, that I could not but ascribe it to some touch of insanity, more to be cured by pity than reproof.
And hence it follows that as the flesh of the wife is one and the same with that of her husband the stains that may come upon it, or the injuries it incurs fall upon the husband's flesh, though he, as has been said, may have given no cause for them; for as the pain of the foot or any member of the body is felt by the whole body, because all is one flesh, as the head feels the hurt to the ankle without having caused it, so the husband, being one with her, shares the dishonour of the wife; and as all worldly honour or dishonour comes of flesh and blood, and the erring
wife's is of that kind, the husband must needs bear his part of it and be held dishonoured without knowing it.
Is it possible that it was "the domed room" round the outside of which the erring
maids were, for aught we have heard to the contrary, still hanging?
Now that you are no longer beside me I am afraid every moment of erring