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recoil
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition to move backward suddenly — especially:
  • the backward jerk of a gun or cannon when it is fired
  • when a person draws back from someone or something, as with fear, disgust, or pain
  • Was not the secret told me, in the natural recoil of my heart at the first sight of him, and as often as I have seen him since?
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (53% in)

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