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The Scarlet Letter
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  • It was a folly, with the materiality of this daily life pressing so intrusively upon me, to attempt to fling myself back into another age, or to insist on creating the semblance of a world out of airy matter, when, at every moment, the impalpable beauty of my soap-bubble was broken by the rude contact of some actual circumstance.

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  • To the coarse materiality of that rivalry it added an inflaming soul.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge

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