| I judge that the first thing a statue dug
up in the Campagna does is to go shopping & buy an offensive & obscene
Imagine him cheapening the article at the counter & contriving how to take the innocence out of his nakedness & make the latter most offensive & conspicuous. Animals with fig leaf under tail.
- Notebook #17, Oct. 1878 - Feb. 1879
So it is not nakedness that gives the sense of immodesty, the modifying the nakedness is what does it.
- omitted passage from A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain's Notebooks & Journals, Vol. 2 (DV 4, MTP)
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