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He shrank from the venerable saint as if to avoid an anathema.
Often, waking suddenly at midnight, he shrank from the bosom of Faith; and at morning or eventide, when the family knelt down at prayer, he scowled and muttered to himself, and gazed sternly at his wife, and turned away.
Instinctively she shrank from contact with the man in whose arms she had been carried without a trace of repugnance until the thought obtruded itself that he might be the creature of her father's mad experimentation, to whose arms she had been doomed by the insane obsession of her parent.
But even to her Hetty shrank from beseeching and confession.
Let me take off your coat --and your boots; they're oozing water." He knelt down and began to unlace her shoes, while Hilda shrank into the chair.