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intangible
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
incapable of being perceived by the senses; or something that is hard to identify
  • Pearl either saw and responded to her mother's feelings, or herself felt the remoteness and intangibility that had fallen around the minister.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (37% in)
  • Whether from commiseration for a woman of so miserable a destiny; or from the morbid curiosity that gives a fictitious value even to common or worthless things; or by whatever other intangible circumstance was then, as now, sufficient to bestow, on some persons, what others might seek in vain; or because Hester really filled a gap which must otherwise have remained vacant; it is certain that she had ready and fairly requited employment for as many hours as she saw fit to occupy with...
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (46% in)
  • Whenever that look appeared in her wild, bright, deeply black eyes, it invested her with a strange remoteness and intangibility: it was as if she were hovering in the air, and might vanish, like a glimmering light that comes we know not whence and goes we know not whither.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (33% in)
  • This image, so nearly identical with the living Pearl, seemed to communicate somewhat of its own shadowy and intangible quality to the child herself.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (27% in)

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