One day, a man often considered a criminal came before Bishop Myriel, who welcomed him warmly. That night, the Bishop's beloved silverware went missing. But when he spoke to the military men who had caught the villain, he said, "I gave this man my silverware." He then smiled at the shocked 'villain', Jean Valjean, and said, "Even those who commit crimes should lead lives that are true."
See Virtuous Bishop Myriel
- Character in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables"