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Definitiona gorge so deep the bottom cannot be seen — often used figuratively to imply a frightening bottomless pit
- At last, her shot being all expended, the child stood still and gazed at Hester, with that little laughing image of a fiend peeping out—or, whether it peeped or no, her mother so imagined it—from the unsearchable abyss of her black eyes.Chapter 6 -- Pearl (87% in)
- "I do forgive you, Hester," replied the minister at length, with a deep utterance, out of an abyss of sadness, but no anger.Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (61% in)
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