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Definitiona very difficult or painful experience
- With almost a serene deportment, therefore, Hester Prynne passed through this portion of her ordeal, and came to a sort of scaffold, at the western extremity of the market-place.Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (60% in)
- The infant, during the latter portion of her ordeal, pierced the air with its wailings and screams; she strove to hush it mechanically, but seemed scarcely to sympathise with its trouble.Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (98% in)
- The very law that condemned her—a giant of stern features but with vigour to support, as well as to annihilate, in his iron arm—had held her up through the terrible ordeal of her ignominy.Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (6% in)
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