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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Apr 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, keepers
Read in April, 2009

A marvelous study of how one's actions affect and reflect the person within. In one case - Hester - you have someone who not only accepts but embraces the punishment of society, and in another case - Rev. Dimmesdale - how hidden guilt can affect both the mental and physical health of an individual.


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04/22/2009 page 8
4.44% "coming out of prison with a 3-mo.old baby who's seeing sunlight for the first time; now that's punishing the sinner"
04/23/2009 page 36
20.0% "love the irony of Hester's skill at beautifying her scarlet letter has created the means of her livelihood, even while she must live apart"
04/23/2009 page 58
32.22% "Chillingworth wants to prove what he's sure he knows about Rev. Dimmesdale, and the 'good' reverend 'wants' to 'fess up to his flock, but..."
04/24/2009 page 79
43.89% ""Here was the iron link of mutual crime, which neither he nor she could break.""
04/24/2009 page 98
54.44% ""Arthur Dimmesdale put forth his hand, chill as death, and touched the chill hand of Hester Prynne." "He lacked energy to grasp the better.."

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