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paternity
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition the state of being a father; or related to fatherhood
  • She remembered—betwixt a smile and a shudder—the talk of the neighbouring townspeople, who, seeking vainly elsewhere for the child's paternity, and observing some of her odd attributes, had given out that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring: such as, ever since old Catholic times, had occasionally been seen on earth, through the agency of their mother's sin, and to promote some foul and wicked purpose.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (98% in)

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