Interpreting Hester Prynne’s deportment as an appeal of this nature, society was inclined to show its former victim a more benign countenance than she cared to be favoured with, or, perchance, than she deserved.
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She predicts benign economic conditions through next year.
She said she has the power to crush me, but is benign by nature and so will not harm me unless I make trouble.