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  • So brief a journey would bring thee from a world where thou hast been most wretched, to one where thou mayest still be happy!
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (83% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • One brief sigh sufficed to carry off the entire burden of these dismal reminiscences.
    Introductory (35% in)
  • His pervading and continual hope—a hallucination, which, in the face of all discouragement, and making light of impossibilities, haunts him while he lives, and, I fancy, like the convulsive throes of the cholera, torments him for a brief space after death—is, that finally, and in no long time, by some happy coincidence of circumstances, he shall be restored to office.
    Introductory (86% in)
  • Some of the briefer articles, which contribute to make up the volume, have likewise been written since my involuntary withdrawal from the toils and honours of public life, and the remainder are gleaned from annuals and magazines, of such antique date, that they have gone round the circle, and come back to novelty again.
    Introductory (97% in)
  • Morally, as well as materially, there was a coarser fibre in those wives and maidens of old English birth and breeding than in their fair descendants, separated from them by a series of six or seven generations; for, throughout that chain of ancestry, every successive mother had transmitted to her child a fainter bloom, a more delicate and briefer beauty, and a slighter physical frame, if not character of less force and solidity than her own.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (14% in)
  • After a brief space, the convulsion grew almost imperceptible, and finally subsided into the depths of his nature.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (12% in)
  • The next instant, back it all rushed again, with still a deeper throb of pain; for, in that brief interval, she had sinned anew.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (83% in)
  • Behind the Governor and Mr. Wilson came two other guests—one, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, whom the reader may remember as having taken a brief and reluctant part in the scene of Hester Prynne's disgrace; and, in close companionship with him, old Roger Chillingworth, a person of great skill in physic, who for two or three years past had been settled in the town.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (11% in)
  • After a brief pause, the physician turned away.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (96% in)
  • The emotion of that brief space, while she stood gazing after the crooked figure of old Roger Chillingworth, threw a dark light on Hester's state of mind, revealing much that she might not otherwise have acknowledged to herself.
    Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (28% in)
  • For the brief space that it lasted, it was a dark transfiguration.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (52% in)
  • But, on this occasion, up to the moment of putting his lips to the old woman's ear, Mr. Dimmesdale, as the great enemy of souls would have it, could recall no text of Scripture, nor aught else, except a brief, pithy, and, as it then appeared to him, unanswerable argument against the immortality of the human soul.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (44% in)
  • It bore a device, a herald's wording of which may serve for a motto and brief description of our now concluded legend; so sombre is it, and relieved only by one ever-glowing point of light gloomier than the shadow:— "ON A FIELD, SABLE, THE LETTER A, GULES"
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (99% in)

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