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used in The Scarlet Letter

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  • Well, well! we must needs talk thus in the daytime!
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (69% in)
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  • From the loftiest point of its roof, during precisely three and a half hours of each forenoon, floats or droops, in breeze or calm, the banner of the republic; but with the thirteen stripes turned vertically, instead of horizontally, and thus indicating that a civil, and not a military, post of Uncle Sam's government is here established.
    Introductory (5% in)
  • Thus, on taking charge of my department, I found few but aged men.
    Introductory (23% in)
  • Thus, by an inevitable necessity, as a magnet attracts steel-filings, so did our man of business draw to himself the difficulties which everybody met with.
    Introductory (51% in)
  • When thus perplexed—and cogitating, among other hypotheses, whether the letter might not have been one of those decorations which the white men used to contrive in order to take the eyes of Indians—I happened to place it on my breast.
    Introductory (68% in)
  • Thus, therefore, the floor of our familiar room has become a neutral territory, somewhere between the real world and fairy-land, where the Actual and the Imaginary may meet, and each imbue itself with the nature of the other.
    Introductory (78% in)
  • The wiser effort would have been to diffuse thought and imagination through the opaque substance of to-day, and thus to make it a bright transparency; to spiritualise the burden that began to weigh so heavily; to seek, resolutely, the true and indestructible value that lay hidden in the petty and wearisome incidents, and ordinary characters with which I was now conversant.
    Introductory (82% in)
  • Stretching forth the official staff in his left hand, he laid his right upon the shoulder of a young woman, whom he thus drew forward, until, on the threshold of the prison-door, she repelled him, by an action marked with natural dignity and force of character, and stepped into the open air as if by her own free will.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (32% in)
  • It was, in short, the platform of the pillory; and above it rose the framework of that instrument of discipline, so fashioned as to confine the human head in its tight grasp, and thus hold it up to the public gaze.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (64% in)
  • Knowing well her part, she ascended a flight of wooden steps, and was thus displayed to the surrounding multitude, at about the height of a man's shoulders above the street.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (67% in)
  • Thus she will be a living sermon against sin, until the ignominious letter be engraved upon her tombstone.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (32% in)
  • It was better to stand thus, with so many betwixt him and her, than to greet him face to face—they two alone.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (39% in)
  • Therefore, so far as his duties would permit, he trod in the shadowy by-paths, and thus kept himself simple and childlike, coming forth, when occasion was, with a freshness, and fragrance, and dewy purity of thought, which, as many people said, affected them like the speech of an angel.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (71% in)
  • Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast—at her, the child of honourable parents—at her, the mother of a babe that would hereafter be a woman—at her, who had once been innocent—as the figure, the body, the reality of sin.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (10% in)
  • She was terrorstricken by the revelations that were thus made.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (86% in)
  • God, as a direct consequence of the sin which man thus punished, had given her a lovely child, whose place was on that same dishonoured bosom, to connect her parent for ever with the race and descent of mortals, and to be finally a blessed soul in heaven!
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (5% in)
  • So magnificent was the small figure when thus arrayed, and such was the splendour of Pearl's own proper beauty, shining through the gorgeous robes which might have extinguished a paler loveliness, that there was an absolute circle of radiance around her on the darksome cottage floor.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (12% in)
  • Even thus early had the child saved her from Satan's snare.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (**% in)
  • "Ah," replied Roger Chillingworth, with that quietness, which, whether imposed or natural, marked all his deportment, "it is thus that a young clergyman is apt to speak.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (43% in)
  • Thus Roger Chillingworth scrutinised his patient carefully, both as he saw him in his ordinary life, keeping an accustomed pathway in the range of thoughts familiar to him, and as he appeared when thrown amidst other moral scenery, the novelty of which might call out something new to the surface of his character.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (56% in)
  • When, however, it forms its judgment, as it usually does, on the intuitions of its great and warm heart, the conclusions thus attained are often so profound and so unerring as to possess the character of truth supernaturally revealed.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (87% in)
  • "Yet some men bury their secrets thus," observed the calm physician.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (34% in)
  • "Thus, a sickness," continued Roger Chillingworth, going on, in an unaltered tone, without heeding the interruption, but standing up and confronting the emaciated and white-cheeked minister, with his low, dark, and misshapen figure,—"a sickness, a sore place, if we may so call it, in your spirit hath immediately its appropriate manifestation in your bodily frame.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (76% in)
  • Unable to accomplish this, he nevertheless, as a matter of principle, continued his habits of social familiarity with the old man, and thus gave him constant opportunities for perfecting the purpose to which—poor forlorn creature that he was, and more wretched than his victim—the avenger had devoted himself.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (25% in)
  • While thus suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the soul, and given over to the machinations of his deadliest enemy, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale had achieved a brilliant popularity in his sacred office.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (26% in)
  • The people knew not the power that moved them thus.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (48% in)
  • He thus typified the constant introspection wherewith he tortured, but could not purify himself.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (82% in)
  • And thus, while standing on the scaffold, in this vain show of expiation, Mr. Dimmesdale was overcome with a great horror of mind, as if the universe were gazing at a scarlet token on his naked breast, right over his heart.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (11% in)
  • At another window of the same house, moreover appeared old Mistress Hibbins, the Governor's sister, also with a lamp, which even thus far off revealed the expression of her sour and discontented face.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (19% in)
  • Old Governor Bellingham would come grimly forth, with his King James' ruff fastened askew, and Mistress Hibbins, with some twigs of the forest clinging to her skirts, and looking sourer than ever, as having hardly got a wink of sleep after her night ride; and good Father Wilson too, after spending half the night at a death-bed, and liking ill to be disturbed, thus early, out of his dreams about the glorified saints.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (42% in)
  • Thus, a blazing spear, a sword of flame, a bow, or a sheaf of arrows seen in the midnight sky, prefigured Indian warfare.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (68% in)
  • Thus it was with the men of rank, on whom their eminent position imposed the guardianship of the public morals.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (40% in)
  • It was none the less a fact, however, that in the eyes of the very men who spoke thus, the scarlet letter had the effect of the cross on a nun's bosom.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (45% in)
  • Thus Hester Prynne, whose heart had lost its regular and healthy throb, wandered without a clue in the dark labyrinth of mind; now turned aside by an insurmountable precipice; now starting back from a deep chasm.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (83% in)
  • A secret enemy had been continually by his side, under the semblance of a friend and helper, and had availed himself of the opportunities thus afforded for tampering with the delicate springs of Mr. Dimmesdale's nature.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (90% in)
  • Yet it was not without heavy misgivings that I thus bound myself, for, having cast off all duty towards other human beings, there remained a duty towards him, and something whispered me that I was betraying it in pledging myself to keep your counsel.
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (39% in)
  • Her final employment was to gather seaweed of various kinds, and make herself a scarf or mantle, and a head-dress, and thus assume the aspect of a little mermaid.
    Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (43% in)
  • She wanted—what some people want throughout life—a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanise and make her capable of sympathy.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (37% in)
  • Thus conversing, they entered sufficiently deep into the wood to secure themselves from the observation of any casual passenger along the forest track.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (55% in)
  • It may be that his pathway through life was haunted thus by a spectre that had stolen out from among his thoughts.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (4% in)
  • It was no wonder that they thus questioned one another's actual and bodily existence, and even doubted of their own.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (6% in)
  • Thus they went onward, not boldly, but step by step, into the themes that were brooding deepest in their hearts.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (15% in)
  • Is there no reality in the penitence thus sealed and witnessed by good works?
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (27% in)
  • Even thus much of truth would save me!
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (32% in)
  • Thus we seem to see that, as regarded Hester Prynne, the whole seven years of outlaw and ignominy had been little other than a preparation for this very hour.
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (20% in)
  • Hopefully, but a moment ago, as Hester had spoken of drowning it in the deep sea, there was a sense of inevitable doom upon her as she thus received back this deadly symbol from the hand of fate.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (72% in)
  • So it ever is, whether thus typified or no, that an evil deed invests itself with the character of doom.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (73% in)
  • "What is it that haunts and tempts me thus?" cried the minister to himself, at length, pausing in the street, and striking his hand against his forehead.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (59% in)
  • At the moment when the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale thus communed with himself, and struck his forehead with his hand, old Mistress Hibbins, the reputed witch-lady, is said to have been passing by.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (61% in)
  • And the infectious poison of that sin had been thus rapidly diffused throughout his moral system.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (72% in)
  • He knew that it was himself, the thin and white-cheeked minister, who had done and suffered these things, and written thus far into the Election Sermon!
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (80% in)
  • Thus the minister felt no apprehension that Roger Chillingworth would touch, in express words, upon the real position which they sustained towards one another.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (89% in)
  • Thus the night fled away, as if it were a winged steed, and he careering on it; morning came, and peeped, blushing, through the curtains; and at last sunrise threw a golden beam into the study, and laid it right across the minister's bedazzled eyes.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (98% in)
  • Nor were it an inconsistency too improbable to be assigned to human nature, should we suppose a feeling of regret in Hester's mind, at the moment when she was about to win her freedom from the pain which had been thus deeply incorporated with her being.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (14% in)
  • All came forth to move in procession before the people's eye, and thus impart a needed dignity to the simple framework of a government so newly constructed.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (52% in)
  • Thus the Puritan elders in their black cloaks, starched bands, and steeple-crowned hats, smiled not unbenignantly at the clamour and rude deportment of these jolly seafaring men; and it excited neither surprise nor animadversion when so reputable a citizen as old Roger Chillingworth, the physician, was seen to enter the market-place in close and familiar talk with the commander of the questionable vessel.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (80% in)
  • It denoted the advance of the procession of magistrates and citizens on its way towards the meeting-house: where, in compliance with a custom thus early established, and ever since observed, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale was to deliver an Election Sermon.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (2% in)
  • And thus much of woman was there in Hester, that she could scarcely forgive him—least of all now, when the heavy footstep of their approaching Fate might be heard, nearer, nearer, nearer!
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (35% in)
  • At the final hour, when she was so soon to fling aside the burning letter, it had strangely become the centre of more remark and excitement, and was thus made to sear her breast more painfully, than at any time since the first day she put it on.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (97% in)
  • Thus, there had come to the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale—as to most men, in their various spheres, though seldom recognised until they see it far behind them—an epoch of life more brilliant and full of triumph than any previous one, or than any which could hereafter be.
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (16% in)
  • None knew—nor ever learned with the fulness of perfect certainty—whether the elf-child had gone thus untimely to a maiden grave; or whether her wild, rich nature had been softened and subdued and made capable of a woman's gentle happiness.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (64% in)
  • And once Hester was seen embroidering a baby-garment with such a lavish richness of golden fancy as would have raised a public tumult had any infant thus apparelled, been shown to our sober-hued community.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (72% in)

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