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The Scarlet Letter
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  • It was his custom, too, as it has been that of many other pious Puritans, to fast—not however, like them, in order to purify the body, and render it the fitter medium of celestial illumination—but rigorously, and until his knees trembled beneath him, as an act of penance.

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as in: we follow a rigorous procedure Define
thorough and careful procedures
as in: a rigorous math class Define
difficult and demanding
as in: rigorous enforcement Define
strict when enforcing rules
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