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The Scarlet Letter
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  • No aim that I have ever cherished would they recognise as laudable; no success of mine—if my life, beyond its domestic scope, had ever been brightened by success—would they deem otherwise than worthless, if not positively disgraceful.
  • "He did not send me!" cried she, positively.

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  • To Hester’s eye, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale exhibited no symptom of positive and vivacious suffering, except that, as little Pearl had remarked, he kept his hand over his heart.
  • If the children gathered about her, as they sometimes did, Pearl would grow positively terrible in her puny wrath, snatching up stones to fling at them, with shrill, incoherent exclamations, that made her mother tremble, because they had so much the sound of a witch’s anathemas in some unknown tongue.
  • All his strength and energy—all his vital and intellectual force—seemed at once to desert him, insomuch that he positively withered up, shrivelled away and almost vanished from mortal sight, like an uprooted weed that lies wilting in the sun.

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as in: I'm absolutely positive! Define
certain (having no doubt)
as in: had a positive effect Define
good or beneficial
as in: positive feedback from my boss Define
approval or agreement
as in: a positive attitude Define
optimistic or agreeable
as in: The test came back positive. Define
found a condition or substance to be present
as in: a positive number Define
greater than zero (of a number)
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