Scarlet Letter

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Scarlet Letter

He hath proved his mercy, most of all, in my afflictions...By bringing me hither, to die this death of triumphant ignominy before the people!" Dimmesdale (Scene III) pg 197

"She silently ascended the steps, and stood on the platform, holding little Pearl by the hand. The minister felt for the child's other hand, and took it. The moment that he did so, there came what seemed a tumultuous rush of new life, other life than his own pouring like a torrent into his heart, and hurrying through all his veins, as if the mother and the child were communicating their vital warmth to his half-torpid system." Dimmesdale (Scene II) pg 117

"And thus, while standing on the scaffold, in this vain show of expiation, Mr. Dimmesdale was overcome with a great horror of mind, as if the universe were gazing at a scarlet token on his naked breast, right over his heart." Narrator on Dimmesdale (Scene II) pg 114

"There can be no outrage, methinks, against our common nature,-whatever be the delinquincies of the individual.-no outrage more flagrant than to forbid the culprit to hide his face for shame; as it was the essence of this punishment to do." Narrator (Scene I) pg 42

"In Hester Prynne's instance, however, as not unfrequently in other cases, her sentence bore, that she should stand a certain time upon the platform." Narrator on Hester (Scene I) pg 42

Hawthorne's use of the scaffold helps the reader visualize the public humiliation, vulnerability, and redemption Hester and Dimmesdale experienced throughout the novel.

" She fled for refuge, as it were, to the public exposure, and dreaded the moment when its protection should be withdrawn from her." Narrator on Hester (Scene I) pg 42



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