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The Scarlet Letter
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contort
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult; but there was a quality so much more terrible in the solemn mood of the popular mind, that she longed rather to behold all those rigid countenances contorted with scornful merriment, and herself the object.

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  • Her face contorted in fury and frustration.
  • She lay contorted in pain.

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