But, on this occasion, up to the moment of putting his lips to the old woman’s ear, Mr. Dimmesdale, as the great enemy of souls would have it, could recall no text of Scripture, nor aught else, except a brief, pithy, and, as it then appeared to him, unanswerable argument against the immortality of the human soul.
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Ken Kesey provided one of her favorite pithy quotes: "You can count the seeds in the apple, but you can’t count the apples in the seed."