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spectacle
used in The Scarlet Letter

6 uses
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Definition a notable or unusual sight
  • Peradventure the guilty one stands looking on at this sad spectacle, unknown of man, and forgetting that God sees him.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (27% in)
  • The scene was not without a mixture of awe, such as must always invest the spectacle of guilt and shame in a fellow-creature, before society shall have grown corrupt enough to smile, instead of shuddering at it.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (72% in)
  • When such personages could constitute a part of the spectacle, without risking the majesty, or reverence of rank and office, it was safely to be inferred that the infliction of a legal sentence would have an earnest and effectual meaning.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (76% in)
  • Perhaps there was a more real torture in her first unattended footsteps from the threshold of the prison than even in the procession and spectacle that have been described, where she was made the common infamy, at which all mankind was summoned to point its finger.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (2% in)
  • Alas! if he discern such sinfulness in his own white soul, what horrid spectacle would he behold in thine or mine!
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (71% in)
  • We doubt whether any marked event, for good or evil, ever befell New England, from its settlement down to revolutionary times, of which the inhabitants had not been previously warned by some spectacle of its nature.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (69% in)

There are no more uses of "spectacle" in The Scarlet Letter.

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