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It was a summer morning in the year 1642.
In the small town of Boston, an angry crowd was gathering in front of a wooden building.
Its oak door was studded with iron spikes.
The building was a prison.
The people in the crowd were Puritans, people who followed a strict religious code.
The men had beards and wore dark clothes and tall gray hats.
The women wore white capsor cloaks with hoods.
Everyone’s eyes were glued to the door.
They were waiting to see the prisoner, Hester Prynne.
One woman in the crowd said,
“The Reverend Dimmesdale is very upsetthat such a scandal has come upon his church.”
“The judges have shown too much mercy,”
said another woman.
“We women would not have been so easy.
At the very least, they should have put the brand of a hot iron on her forehead.
As it is, he can easily cover up the mark.
And then she can walk the streets as brave as ever.”
Yet another woman added in an angry voice,
“Why do we talk of marks and brands?
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