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Exercise # 1 from
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter



A man burdened with a secret should especially avoid the intimacy of his

physician. If the latter possess native sagacity, and a nameless something

more -- let us call it intuition; if he show no intrusive egotism, nor

disagreeably prominent characteristics of his own; if he have the power,

which must be born with him, to bring his mind into such affinity with his

patient's, that this last shall unawares have spoken what he imagines

himself only to have thought; if such revelations be received without tumult,

and acknowledged not so often by an uttered sympathy as by silence, an

inarticulate breath, and here and there a word to indicate that all is understood;

if to these qualifications of a confidant be joined the advantages afforded by his

recognized character as a physician -- then, at some inevitable moment, will the

soul of the sufferer be dissolved, and flow forth in a dark, but transparent stream,

bringing all its mysteries into the daylight.