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Adam Bede

one else besides himself who would be prepared to defend her in the worst
extremity. Towards Arthur, even though he might have incurred no new guilt,
Adam felt that he was not bound to keep silence when Hetty's interest called on
him to speak.
"I must do it," said Adam, when these thoughts, which had spread themselves
through hours of his sad journeying, now rushed upon him in an instant, like a
wave that had been slowly gathering; "it's the right thing. I can't stand alone in
this way any longer."
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