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refrain
used in The Scarlet Letter

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  • When strangers looked curiously at the scarlet letter and none ever failed to do so—they branded it afresh in Hester's soul; so that, oftentimes, she could scarcely refrain, yet always did refrain, from covering the symbol with her hand.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (79% in)
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  • When strangers looked curiously at the scarlet letter and none ever failed to do so—they branded it afresh in Hester's soul; so that, oftentimes, she could scarcely refrain, yet always did refrain, from covering the symbol with her hand.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (79% in)
  • Now, during a conversation of some two or three moments between the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale and this excellent and hoary-bearded deacon, it was only by the most careful self-control that the former could refrain from uttering certain blasphemous suggestions that rose into his mind, respecting the communion-supper.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (36% in)

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

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