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despair
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
  • With the superstition common to his brotherhood, he fancied himself given over to a fiend, to be tortured with frightful dreams and desperate thoughts, the sting of remorse and despair of pardon, as a foretaste of what awaits him beyond the grave.
    Chapter 14 — Hester and the Physician (59% in)
despair = hopelessness
  • To say the truth, there was much need of professional assistance, not merely for Hester herself, but still more urgently for the child—who, drawing its sustenance from the maternal bosom, seemed to have drank in with it all the turmoil, the anguish and despair, which pervaded the mother's system.
    Chapter 4 — The Interview (7% in)
  • despair = distress
  • "Woman, I could well-nigh pity thee," said Roger Chillingworth, unable to restrain a thrill of admiration too, for there was a quality almost majestic in the despair which she expressed.
    Chapter 14 — Hester and the Physician (87% in)
  • despair = distress
  • "None—nothing but despair!" he answered.
    Chapter 17 — The Pastor and his Parishioner (17% in)
  • despair = distress (at inability to fix a bad situation)
  • Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers—stern and wild ones—and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.
    Chapter 18 — A Flood of Sunshine (11% in)
despair = distress (at inability to fix a bad situation)
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