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beckon
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
to summon (call to join) with a gesture, or to be desirable and inviting
  • But the visionary little maid on her part, beckoned likewise, as if to say—"This is a better place; come thou into the pool."
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (6% in)
  • Now it was a herd of diabolic shapes, that grinned and mocked at the pale minister, and beckoned him away with them; now a group of shining angels, who flew upward heavily, as sorrow-laden, but grew more ethereal as they rose.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (85% in)
  • At first, as already told, she had flirted fancifully with her own image in a pool of water, beckoning the phantom forth, and—as it declined to venture—seeking a passage for herself into its sphere of impalpable earth and unattainable sky.
    Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (32% in)
  • As her mother still kept beckoning to her, and arraying her face in a holiday suit of unaccustomed smiles, the child stamped her foot with a yet more imperious look and gesture.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (48% in)

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