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- He was a soldier, legislator, judge; he was a ruler in the Church; he had all the Puritanic traits, both good and evil.Introductory (15% in)
- At that epoch of pristine simplicity, however, matters of even slighter public interest, and of far less intrinsic weight than the welfare of Hester and her child, were strangely mixed up with the deliberations of legislators and acts of state.Chapter 7 — The Governor's Hall (14% in)
- The period was hardly, if at all, earlier than that of our story, when a dispute concerning the right of property in a pig not only caused a fierce and bitter contest in the legislative body of the colony, but resulted in an important modification of the framework itself of the legislature.Chapter 7 — The Governor's Hall (16% in)
- For years past she had looked from this estranged point of view at human institutions, and whatever priests or legislators had established; criticising all with hardly more reverence than the Indian would feel for the clerical band, the judicial robe, the pillory, the gallows, the fireside, or the church.Chapter 18 — A Flood of Sunshine (8% in)
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