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The Scarlet Letter
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  • And here, since he had so valiantly forborne all other wickedness, poor Mr. Dimmesdale longed at least to shake hands with the tarry black-guard, and recreate himself with a few improper jests, such as dissolute sailors so abound with, and a volley of good, round, solid, satisfactory, and heaven-defying oaths!

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  • He mentioned that he had not been to New York since the late 1930s and that, if anything, the city appeared more Babylonian in its dissolute wealth than ever.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She still surrounded herself with the cynical aura of a dissolute past.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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