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hereditary
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The Scarlet Letter

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  • The serf wore the customary garb of serving-men at that period, and long before, in the old hereditary halls of England.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (54% in)
  • From father to son, for above a hundred years, they followed the sea; a grey-headed shipmaster, in each generation, retiring from the quarter-deck to the homestead, while a boy of fourteen took the hereditary place before the mast, confronting the salt spray and the gale which had blustered against his sire and grandsire.
    Introductory (19% in)
  • Then the very nature of the opposite sex, or its long hereditary habit, which has become like nature, is to be essentially modified before woman can be allowed to assume what seems a fair and suitable position.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (79% in)
  • Had they followed their hereditary taste, the New England settlers would have illustrated all events of public importance by bonfires, banquets, pageantries, and processions.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (46% in)
  • The people possessed by hereditary right the quality of reverence, which, in their descendants, if it survive at all, exists in smaller proportion, and with a vastly diminished force in the selection and estimate of public men.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (13% in)

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