It’s been 50 years since I read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter in my high school American literature class. What I vaguely remembered was a story about a woman named Hester Prynne in Puritan New England, with a baby born out of wedlock, and the narrowminded colonists who took great pride in displaying their superiority over the sinful, fallen woman.
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Thy acts are like mercy,” said Hester, bewildered and appalled. “But thy words interpret thee as a terror!
Nathaniel Hawthorne, from The Scarlet Letter, Chapter IV
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“What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him—yea, compel him, as it were—to add hypocrisy to sin?”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, from The Scarlet Letter, Chapter III
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