"Thy acts are like mercy," said Hester, bewildered and appalled; "but thy words interpret thee as a terror!"
It appalled her, nevertheless, to discern here, again, a shadowy reflection of the evil that had existed in herself.
Partly supported by Hester Prynne, and holding one hand of little Pearl’s, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale turned to the dignified and venerable rulers; to the holy ministers, who were his brethren; to the people, whose great heart was thoroughly appalled yet overflowing with tearful sympathy, as knowing that some deep life-matter—which, if full of sin, was full of anguish and repentance likewise—was now to be laid open to them.
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The live in appalling conditions.
She has scheduled a news conference to respond to the appalling accusations.