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The Scarlet Letter
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • They would take neither the glow of passion nor the tenderness of sentiment, but retained all the rigidity of dead corpses, and stared me in the face with a fixed and ghastly grin of contemptuous defiance.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: feels contempt towards him
as in: held in contempt of court
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