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despair
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition hopelessness
  • To say the truth, there was much need of professional assistance, not merely for Hester herself, but still more urgently for the child—who, drawing its sustenance from the maternal bosom, seemed to have drank in with it all the turmoil, the anguish and despair, which pervaded the mother's system.
    Chapter 4 -- The Interview (7% in)
  • With the superstition common to his brotherhood, he fancied himself given over to a fiend, to be tortured with frightful dreams and desperate thoughts, the sting of remorse and despair of pardon, as a foretaste of what awaits him beyond the grave.
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (59% in)
  • "Woman, I could well-nigh pity thee," said Roger Chillingworth, unable to restrain a thrill of admiration too, for there was a quality almost majestic in the despair which she expressed.
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (87% in)
  • "None—nothing but despair!" he answered.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (17% in)
  • Shame, Despair, Solitude!
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (11% in)

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