"The Scarlet Letter"
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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     Hester Prynne looked into his face, but hesitated to speak. Yet, uttering his long-restrained emotions so vehemently as he did, his words here offered her the very point of circumstances in which to interpose what she came to say. She conquered her fears, and spoke:

     "Such a friend as thou hast even now wished for," said she, "with whom to weep over thy sin, thou hast in me, the partner of it!" Again she hesitated, but brought out the words with an effort.--"Thou hast long had such an enemy, and dwellest with him, under the same roof!"


     The minister started to his feet, gasping for breath, and clutching at his heart, as if he would have torn it out of his bosom.

     "Ha! What sayest thou?" cried he. "An enemy! And under mine own roof! What mean you?"

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