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- This case, Tom Robinson's case, is something that goes to the essence of a man's conscience—Scout, I couldn't go to church and worship God if I didn't try to help that man.p. 139.8
essence = the defining or most important aspect
- Bit by bit the dead cigar would disappear, to reappear some hours later as a flat slick mess, its essence extracted and mingling with Judge Taylor's digestive juices.p. 221.7
essence = most important characteristic (in this case the flavor)
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