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The Scarlet Letter
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  • Though by no means less liable than their fellow-men to age and infirmity, they had evidently some talisman or other that kept death at bay.
  • These old gentlemen—seated, like Matthew at the receipt of custom, but not very liable to be summoned thence, like him, for apostolic errands—were Custom-House officers.

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  • Yet Mr. Dimmesdale would perhaps have seen this individual’s character more perfectly, if a certain morbidness, to which sick hearts are liable, had not rendered him suspicious of all mankind.
  • He looked haggard and feeble, and betrayed a nerveless despondency in his air, which had never so remarkably characterised him in his walks about the settlement, nor in any other situation where he deemed himself liable to notice.

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as in: is legally liable Define
held legally responsible
as in: she is liable to Define
likely to; or maybe going to
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