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Definitiondecline — typically gradually as with the height of the tide
- After a time, at a hint from Roger Chillingworth, the friends of Mr. Dimmesdale effected an arrangement by which the two were lodged in the same house; so that every ebb and flow of the minister's life-tide might pass under the eye of his anxious and attached physician.Chapter 9 -- The Leech (70% in)
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