The Scarlet Letter is a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and published in 1850, being the author's best-known work.
The story takes place in conservative and puritan New England in the early 17th century. It tells the story of Hester Prynne, a woman who is accused of adultery for having given birth to a baby with an unknown father. At trial, she is sentenced to stand on the gallows for several hours and have the letter "A" tattooed on her chest for the rest of her life.
In that trial, she is asked about the father of her daughter, but Hester refuses to reveal his identity and tries to live with dignity in an unjust and hypocritical society.
In this book by Hawthorne, topics such as legalism, sin and guilt are dealt with in a quite profound way.
The Scarlet Letter was one of the first best sellers in the United States from its first publication to the present day. It has been adapted to film, theater and TV series. For many critics it is considered a masterpiece of American literature.
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This feeble and most sensitive of spirits could do neither, yet continually did one thing or another, which intertwined, in the same inextricable knot, the agony of heaven-defying guilt and vain repentance.
- Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
The days of the far-off future would toil onward, still with the same burden for her to take up and bear along with her.
Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.
It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.