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The Scarlet Letter
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transmute
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • In the spiritual world, the old physician and the minister—mutual victims as they have been—may, unawares, have found their earthly stock of hatred and antipathy transmuted into golden love.
  • All at once, as with a sudden smile of heaven, forth burst the sunshine, pouring a very flood into the obscure forest, gladdening each green leaf, transmuting the yellow fallen ones to gold, and gleaming adown the gray trunks of the solemn trees.

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  • Bricks transmute into powder.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It is true that as the war ground on and devastated a widening swath of the South, the initial patriotism and ideological commitment of many Confederate soldiers became transmuted into hatred and a passion for revenge.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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