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Innocence

Inquisitiveness (See CURIOSITY.)
Insanity (See MADNESS.)
Adam and Eve
naked in Eden; knew no shame. [O.T.: Genesis 2:25]
Arjuna
Sanskrit name means sinless. [Hindu Myth.: Benét, 50]
Babes in the Wood
innocent children are lost in the wood and die. [Br. Lit.: Babes in the Wood, Walsh Classical, 42]
basin and ewer
Pilate’s guiltlessness signified by washing of hands. [N.T.: Matthew 27:24]
Budd, Billy
friendly sailor; held in warm affection by crew. [Am. Lit.: Billy Budd]
Christabel
free of evil. [Br. Lit.: “Christabel” in Walsh Modern, 95]
Cinderella
with fairy godmother’s aid, poor maligned girl wins prince’s heart. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Cinderella]
Cio-Cio-San
believes marriage to Pinkerton is real. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Westerman, 357]
daisy
symbol of blamelessness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173; Kunz, 328]
Delano, Amasa
naive, goodhearted captain rescues captive captain from mutineers. [Am. Lit.: Benito Cereno]
Desdemona
blamelessness martyred through slander. [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Hallyard, St
. Norwegian martyred in defense of guiltless woman. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 165]
Heidi
has instinct for goodness. [Children’s Lit.: Heidi]
Imogen
chaste wife unjustly suspected by Postumus of unfaithfulness. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Cymbeline]
lamb
attribute of young woman; personification of guiltlessness. [Art: Hall, 161]
Minnie
female saloonkeeper in mining town; never been kissed. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Girl of the Golden West, Westerman, 360–361]
Pedro
in marrying former mistress of enemy. [Ger. Opera: d’Albert, Tief land, Westerman, 371–374]
Pinch, Tom
guileless, with unbounded goodness of heart. [Br. Lit.: Martin Chuzzlewit]
Rima
beautiful jungle girl, lover of birds and animals, knows neither evil nor guile. [Br. Lit.: Hudson Green Mansions in Magill I, 333]
Susanna
unjustly condemned for adultery; later acquitted. [Apocrypha: Daniel and Susanna]
References in classic literature ?
Some such picture, with no real world in it, bright with the light of our innocence, and vague as the stars afar off, was in my mind all the way.
I had been waiting for him to see me, that I might try to assure him of my innocence.
Silas knelt with his brethren, relying on his own innocence being certified by immediate divine interference, but feeling that there was sorrow and mourning behind for him even then--that his trust in man had been cruelly bruised.
At first, on sitting down to table, we had grown momentarily shy, with one of those sudden freaks of self-consciousness which occasionally surprise one, when, midway in some slightly unconventional situation to which the innocence of nature has led us, we realise it--"for an instant and no more.
Nor those mysterious parts were then conceald, Then was not guiltie shame, dishonest shame Of natures works, honor dishonorable, Sin-bred, how have ye troubl'd all mankind With shews instead, meer shews of seeming pure, And banisht from mans life his happiest life, Simplicitie and spotless innocence.
I deny this charge I maintain my innocence, and I declare the falsehood of this accusation I challenge the privilege of trial by combat, and will appear by my champion.
The others answered to the call with all the promptitude of perfect innocence, and spurned at the idea of their being capable of such outrage upon any of the Big-hearted nation.
Then in the increasing gale of the sea there would be a little private ship's storm going on in which you could detect strong language, pronounced in a tone of passion and exculpatory protestations uttered with every possible inflection of injured innocence.
Hetty's was a spring-tide beauty; it was the beauty of young frisking things, round-limbed, gambolling, circumventing you by a false air of innocence--the innocence of a young star- browed calf, for example, that, being inclined for a promenade out of bounds, leads you a severe steeplechase over hedge and ditch, and only comes to a stand in the middle of a bog.
You mean that the adventures of innocence have so often been the material of fiction?
Traces still lingered on them of a fresh beauty like her daughter's; and he asked himself if May's face was doomed to thicken into the same middle-aged image of invincible innocence.
Philip passed from the innocence of childhood to bitter consciousness of himself by the ridicule which his club-foot had excited.