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used in The Scarlet Letter

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to take in — especially to drink alcohol or be influenced by ideas
  • She grew to have a dread of children; for they had imbibed from their parents a vague idea of something horrible in this dreary woman gliding silently through the town, with never any companion but one only child.
    Chapter 5 — Hester at her Needle (75% in)
imbibed = taken in (learned)
  • Hester could only account for the child's character—and even then most vaguely and imperfectly—by recalling what she herself had been during that momentous period while Pearl was imbibing her soul from the spiritual world, and her bodily frame from its material of earth.
    Chapter 6 — Pearl (20% in)
  • imbibing = filling
  • Now Pearl knew well enough who made her, for Hester Prynne, the daughter of a pious home, very soon after her talk with the child about her Heavenly Father, had begun to inform her of those truths which the human spirit, at whatever stage of immaturity, imbibes with such eager interest.
    Chapter 8 — The Elf-child and the Minister (39% in)
  • imbibes = takes in
  • Hester Prynne imbibed this spirit.
    Chapter 13 — Another View of Hester (65% in)
imbibed = took in
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