of a legal sentence would have an earnest and effectual meaning.
Note: Are they saying that her punishment is good enough? What is she being punished for?
almost imperceptible, and finally subsided into the depths of his nature.
Note: Who is this guy? is he part of the reason why she has a punishment and if not why are they going into so much detail about him?
of shame upon her bosom." "A wise sentence," remarked the stranger,
Note: I feel like this man is her husband and he just got to her and that’s why she recognizes him.
her attention was that of the reverend and famous John Wilson,
Note: Why would she go pale because of him? Is he the father of this baby?