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.
It was as if an evil spirit possessed the child, and had just then peeped forth in mockery.
"Dost thou mock me now?" said the minister.
Was it but the mockery of penitence?
She seemed rather an airy sprite, which, after playing its fantastic sports for a little while upon the cottage floor, would flit away with a mocking smile.
A mockery, indeed, but in which his soul trifled with itself!
A mockery at which angels blushed and wept, while fiends rejoiced with jeering laughter!
Now it was a herd of diabolic shapes, that grinned and mocked at the pale minister, and beckoned him away with them; now a group of shining angels, who flew upward heavily, as sorrow-laden, but grew more ethereal as they rose.
Else, I should long ago have thrown off these garments of mock holiness, and have shown myself to mankind as they will see me at the judgment-seat.
How dreary looked the forest-track that led backward to the settlement, where Hester Prynne must take up again the burden of her ignominy and the minister the hollow mockery of his good name!
There are no more uses of "mockery" in the book.
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I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
Abuses at Abu Ghraib made a mockery of American idealism.