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The Scarlet Letter
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speculate -- as in: don't know, but I'll speculate
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.
  • A tendency to speculation, though it may keep women quiet, as it does man, yet makes her sad.
  • She assumed a freedom of speculation, then common enough on the other side of the Atlantic, but which our forefathers, had they known it, would have held to be a deadlier crime than that stigmatised by the scarlet letter.
  • But Hester Prynne, with a mind of native courage and activity, and for so long a period not merely estranged, but outlawed from society, had habituated herself to such latitude of speculation as was altogether foreign to the clergyman.

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  • philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
  • We were speculating as to whether a president would have to resign after that kind of scandal.

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