The Scarlett Letter : The Puritan Town Of Boston, Massachusetts

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The Scarlett Letter is set in the Puritan town of Boston, Massachusetts in 1642. Hester Prynne, a shockingly beautiful and graceful young lady is led out from a prison and into the town square holding a baby in her arms and wearing a scarlet letter “A” for “Adulterer” on her chest. Hester stands on a raised scaffold to be publicly shamed for having a child out of wedlock. The whole town has gathered to witness Hester’s punishment and join in on condemning her. While scanning the crowd, Hester spots her long lost husband, who has now changed his name from Roger Prynne to Roger Chillingworth. Hester is prompted by the leaders of the town, specifically Reverend Dimmesdale, her former pastor, to reveal the identity of her baby’s father, but she refuses. Later, her husband also tries to coax the name of her lover out of her, but she adamantly refuses again. Chillingworth swears he will find her lover and punish him and then makes Hester promise she will not tell anyone his true identity. As the novel progresses, Hester is released from prison and settles in a small cottage at the edge of town. She makes a living as a seamstress for herself and her daughter, Pearl, who grows into a strong-willed and peculiar child. Pearl is suspected to be a demon child and is nearly taken away from Hester, but Reverend Dimmesdale convinces Governor Bellingham the pair should stay together. As the story develops, the reader gets hints that Dimmesdale is Pearl’s father. Meanwhile, Roger
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