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Category: Body | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 13

"...a solid medicinal or emollient substance spread on a bandage or dressing and applied to the skin, often becoming adhesive at body temperature" (OED). Later, an adhesive material for wounds.

The gist of the proverb is that which hurts and that which heals may be indistinguishable. 

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