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The Scarlet Letter

by: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Chs. 9 – 10

1

“Skilful men, of the medical and chirurgical profession, were of rare occurrence in the colony. They seldom, it would appear, partook of the religious zeal that brought other emigrants across the Atlantic. In their researches into the human frame, it may be that the higher and more subtile faculties of such men were materialized, and that they lost the spiritual view of existence amid the intricacies of that wondrous mechanism, which seemed to involve art enough to comprise all of life within itself.”

2

“So Roger Chillingworth –the man of skill, the kind and friendly physician---strove to go deep into his patient’s bosom, delving among his principles, prying into his recollections, and probing every thing with a cautious touch.”

3

“Few secrets can escape an investigator, who has opportunity and license to undertake such a quest, and skill to follow it up. A man burdened with a secret should especially avoid the intimacy of his physician.”


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