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perverse
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition deviation from what is considered reasonable, proper, or good
  • Then she was sure of her, and tasted hours of quiet, sad, delicious happiness; until—perhaps with that perverse expression glimmering from beneath her opening lids—little Pearl awoke!
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (42% in)
  • It was a look so intelligent, yet inexplicable, perverse, sometimes so malicious, but generally accompanied by a wild flow of spirits, that Hester could not help questioning at such moments whether Pearl was a human child.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (31% in)
  • But that perversity, which all children have more or less of, and of which little Pearl had a tenfold portion, now, at the most inopportune moment, took thorough possession of her, and closed her lips, or impelled her to speak words amiss.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (41% in)
  • Pearl looked as beautiful as the day, but was in one of those moods of perverse merriment which, whenever they occurred, seemed to remove her entirely out of the sphere of sympathy or human contact.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (47% in)
  • And his encounter with old Mistress Hibbins, if it were a real incident, did but show its sympathy and fellowship with wicked mortals, and the world of perverted spirits.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (74% in)

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