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Definitionshockingly terrible or horrible
- "Thy acts are like mercy," said Hester, bewildered and appalled; "but thy words interpret thee as a terror!"Chapter 4 -- The Interview (84% in)
- It appalled her, nevertheless, to discern here, again, a shadowy reflection of the evil that had existed in herself.Chapter 6 -- Pearl (56% in)
- Partly supported by Hester Prynne, and holding one hand of little Pearl's, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale turned to the dignified and venerable rulers; to the holy ministers, who were his brethren; to the people, whose great heart was thoroughly appalled yet overflowing with tearful sympathy, as knowing that some deep life-matter—which, if full of sin, was full of anguish and repentance likewise—was now to be laid open to them.Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (69% in)
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