Fiction > Nathaniel Hawthorne > The Scarlet Letter
The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not to tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers—stern and wild ones—and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.
Nathaniel
Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter
 
Nathaniel Hawthorne
 
When Hester Prynne bears an illegitimate child she is introduced to the ugliness, complexity, and ultimately the strength of the human spirit. Though set in Puritan community centuries ago, the moral dilemmas of personal responsibility, and consuming emotions of guilt, anger, loyalty and revenge are timeless.
 
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CONTENTS
Bibliographic Record  Preface to the Second Edition
 
BOSTON: TICKNOR, REED & FIELDS, 1850
NEW YORK: BARTLEBY.COM, 1999
 
 
The Custom-House

  1. The Prison-Door
  2. The Market-Place
  3. The Recognition
  4. The Interview
  5. Hester at Her Needle
  6. Pearl
  7. The Governor’s Hall
  8. The Elf-Child and the Minister
  9. The Leech
  10. The Leech and His Patient
  11. The Interior of a Heart
  12. The Minister’s Vigil
  13. Another View of Hester
  14. Hester and the Physician
  15. Hester and Pearl
  16. A Forest Walk
  17. The Pastor and His Parishioner
  18. A Flood of Sunshine
  19. The Child at the Brook-Side
  20. The Minister in a Maze
  21. The New England Holiday
  22. The Procession
  23. The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter
  24. Conclusion



 


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