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The Scarlet Letter
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  • But, in that early severity of the Puritan character, an inference of this kind could not so indubitably be drawn.
  • On the other hand, a penalty which, in our days, would infer a degree of mocking infamy and ridicule, might then be invested with almost as stern a dignity as the punishment of death itself.
  • When such personages could constitute a part of the spectacle, without risking the majesty, or reverence of rank and office, it was safely to be inferred that the infliction of a legal sentence would have an earnest and effectual meaning.
  • Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!
  • With her knowledge of a train of circumstances hidden from all others, she could readily infer that, besides the legitimate action of his own conscience, a terrible machinery had been brought to bear, and was still operating, on Mr. Dimmesdale’s well-being and repose.

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  • Which of the following facts can you infer from the first paragraph?
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