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- Indeed, the same dark question often rose into her mind with reference to the whole race of womanhood. Was existence worth accepting even to the happiest among them? As concerned her own individual existence, she had long ago decided in the negative, and dismissed the point as settled.Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (77% in)
negative = indicating an answer of "no"
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