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labyrinth
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition a maze (a complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost)

or:  anything so complicated that it is extremely confusing

or:  a complex anatomical system of interconnecting cavities — especially the inner ear
  • But Hester could not resolve the query, being herself in a dismal labyrinth of doubt.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (97% in)
  • Thus Hester Prynne, whose heart had lost its regular and healthy throb, wandered without a clue in the dark labyrinth of mind; now turned aside by an insurmountable precipice; now starting back from a deep chasm.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (83% in)
  • Hester's strong, calm steadfastly-enduring spirit almost sank, at last, on beholding this dark and grim countenance of an inevitable doom, which at the moment when a passage seemed to open for the minister and herself out of their labyrinth of misery—showed itself with an unrelenting smile, right in the midst of their path.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (88% in)

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