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or more rarely: appearing old
even more rarely: covered with fine whitish hairs or down
- Now, during a conversation of some two or three moments between the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale and this excellent and hoary-bearded deacon, it was only by the most careful self-control that the former could refrain from uttering certain blasphemous suggestions that rose into his mind, respecting the communion-supper.Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (36% in)
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