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The Scarlet Letter
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  • It was impossible to doubt that, whatever painful efficacy there might be in the secret sting of remorse, a deadlier venom had been infused into it by the hand that proffered relief.
  • Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult; but there was a quality so much more terrible in the solemn mood of the popular mind, that she longed rather to behold all those rigid countenances contorted with scornful merriment, and herself the object.

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  • It was a cobra, whose venom could kill a person in minutes.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • I used elder python venom, straight from the depths of Tartarus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters

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