The Kite Runner
"Because – " he [Sohrab] said, gasping and hitching between sobs, "because I don't want them to see me...I'm so dirty." He sucked in his breath and let it out in a long, wheezy cry. "I'm so dirty and full of sin."
[Amir:] "You're not dirty, Sohrab," I said.
[Sohrab:] "Those men – "
[Amir:] "You're not dirty at all."
[Sohrab:] " – they did things...the bad man and the other two...they did things...did things to me."
[Amir:] "You're not dirty, and you're not full of sin." I touched his arm again and he drew away. (24.87-92)