Miller: … And you alone know how unequal the battle has always been that your will has had to fight.

Hester: ‘I tried to be good, and failed.’ Isn’t that the excuse all criminals make?

Miller: When they make it justly, it’s a just excuse.

Hester: Does it let them escape their sentence?

Miller: Yes, if the judge is fair — and not blind with hatred for the criminal — as you are for yourself.