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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Nov 03, 2011

it was amazing
Read from November 03 to 18, 2011

Finished reading this again last night in conjunction with teaching it again to one of my American Literature classes. The fact that I've never once had a class not get completely invested in the story is a testament both to the timelessness of the tale and to Hawthorne's skill as a writer. Slightly-outdated, creaky vocabulary notwithstanding, this book is a must when it comes to learning to analyze characterization.

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11/03/2011 page 19
8.0% "Teaching this for the next two weeks. Have lost count of the number of time I've read this one."
11/07/2011 page 60
26.0% "I love watching how riled up each new class of students gets while reading The Scarlet Letter."
44.0% "Oh, Pearl...!"
55.0% "Oh, Dimmesdale, how aptly-named you are."
71.0% "Chillingworth is such a nastily malevolent force. What delicious characterization!"
78.0% "Uh oh, Hester's let her hair down. Somebody call Puritans Gone Wild!"
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