KISS Grammar Printable Workbooks

Exercise # 1 from
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
A Punctuation Exercise

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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 patients 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