The Scarlet Letter

  • The Scarlet Letter

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    One quiet, rainy day I made a discoveryโ€” a small package wrapped in old paper.

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  • The object that most caught my attention was a bit of fine red cloth decorated with gold.

  • It was the capital letter A. I happened to place it on my chest.

  • I felt burning heatโ€” as if it were not red cloth, but red-hot iron.

  • I trembled and let it fall to the floor.

  • I examined the papers to find the story that lay behind this strange letter.

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    On a summer morning in 1642, most of the people of the town of Boston, Massachusetts, were gathered before the jail.

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  • It was an angry Puritan crowd.

  • Their eyes were glued to the strong, oaken prison door.

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    The women seemed to take special interest.

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    Women

    โ€œI think, ladies, it would be better for everybody if we women took care of such sinners as this Hester Prynne!โ€

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    Women

    โ€œIf this woman stood up for judgment before us five, would she come off with such a sentence as the judges have given?

  • I think not!โ€

  • โ€œThe judges are too easy, that is the truth.โ€