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torpor
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition in people:  inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy

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in animals:  a condition of biological rest or suspended animation — (could be in the evening, during the cold, or as in a dormant state all winter)
  • The same torpor, as regarded the capacity for intellectual effort, accompanied me home, and weighed upon me in the chamber which I most absurdly termed my study.
    Introductory (76% in)

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