The Scarlet Letter and Hester Prynne Essay

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Hester Prynne
“In a moment, however, wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another, she took the baby on her am, and with a burning blush, and yet a haughty smile, and a glance that would not be abashed, looked around at her townspeople and neighbors.” (Pg. 50)

“From first to last, in short, Hester Prynne had always this dreadful agony in feeling a human eye upon the token; the spot never grew callous; it seemed, on the contrary, to grow more sensitive with daily torture.” (Pg. 79)

“So speaking, she undid the clasp that fastened the scarlet letter, and, taking it from her bosom, threw it to a distance among the withered leaves.” (Pg.182)

“With these words, she advanced to the margin of the brook, took up the scarlet letter, and fastened it again into her bosom…So it ever is, whether thus typified or no, that an evil deed invests itself with the character of doom.” (Pg.190)

“’Let us not look back,’ answered Hester Prynne. ‘The past is gone! Wherefore should we linger upon it now? See! With this symbol, I undo it all, and make it as it had never been!’” (Pg. 182)

“But her hesitation was only for an instant, though long enough to display a scarlet letter on her breast. And Hester Prynne had returned, and taken up her long-forsaken shame!” (Pg. 233)

Pearl Prynne
“The infant, during the latter portion of her ordeal, pierced the air with its wailings and screams.” (Pg. 65)

“It was a face, fiend-like, full of smiling malice, yet bearing the semblance of features that she had known full well, though seldom with a smile, and never with malice, in them. It was as if an evil spirit possessed the child, and had just then peeped forth…