Here and there, she came to a full stop, and peeped curiously into a pool, left by the retiring tide as a mirror for Pearl to see her face in. They would have certainly scorned online smut, but they would have eagerly used the web to humiliate sinners. In her lonesome cottage, by the seashore, thoughts visited her such as dared to enter no other dwelling in New England; shadowy guests, that would have been as perilous as demons to their entertainer, could they have been seen so much as knocking at her door. Hester supports herself through needlework. Get the latest updates: Facebook: Twitter:.
It has been seven years since they have spoken and Hester asks Chillingworth to stop badgering Dimmesdale about his secret. It had shown him where to set his foot, while the light of earth was fast becoming dim, and ere the light of futurity could reach him. Hester has become more active in society. It grovelled helpless on the ground, even while his intellectual faculties retained their pristine strength, or had perhaps acquired a morbid energy, which disease only could have given them. Hester flings the letter into the woods and calls for Pearl. Although the connection between her and the rest of the world is broken, she still feels that it is her duty to help.
The same was true for the men of high status, whose lofty positions made them the guardians of public virtue. Hester wonders if Pearl, with her undefined personality, is mature enough to understand the truth about the dishonoring mark on her chest, and decides it is not the moment to reveal the truth, so she explains that there are some things children should never think about. He begins writing a new one sermon because he feels as though he is a new man. Men bolder than these had overthrown and rearranged--not actually, but within the sphere of theory, which was their most real abode--the whole system of ancient prejudice, wherewith was linked much of ancient principle. Meeting them in the street, she never raised her head to receive their greeting. Chillingworth, Hester's estranged husband, has been caring for him as a physician and has been making Dimmesdale's symptoms worse. Feel free to comment below.
Her shadow faded from the doorway. He then speaks to the enormous crowd about him also being a sinner and shares his regret of not admitting to his sin earlier. She is still scorned for her aldultury, but she is being seen as more of a person who is able to do things to help out rather than an adulterer. In this matter of Hester Prynne there was neither irritation nor irksomeness. She came, not as a guest, but as a rightful inmate, into the household that was darkened by trouble, as if its gloomy twilight were a medium in which she was entitled to hold intercourse with her fellow-creature There glimmered the embroidered letter, with comfort in its unearthly ray. The helper departed without looking back for any sign of gratitude in the hearts of those she had served.
Pearl asks Hester what the real meaning behind the scarlet letter is and why the minister always has his hand over his heart. After the last meeting with the clergyman, Hester is shocked by his mental state. Then the very nature of the opposite sex, or its long hereditary habit, which has become like nature, is to be essentially modified before woman can be allowed to assume what seems a fair and suitable position. Here and there, she came to a full stop, and peeped curiously into a pool, left by the retiring tide as a mirror for Pearl to see her face in. This might be pride, but was so like humility, that it produced all the softening influence of the latter quality on the public mind.
There is no affection, love, or passion in her life. As is apt to be the case when a person stands out in any prominence before the community, and, at the same time, interferes neither with public nor individual interests and convenience, a species of general regard had ultimately grown up in reference to Hester Prynne. It was impossible to doubt that, whatever painful efficacy there might be in the secret sting of remorse, a deadlier venom had been infused into it by the hand that proffered relief. Hester Prynne imbibed this spirit. Hester admits to having met the Black Man before and the letter she wears upon her bosom is the scar he gave her.
She assumed a freedom of speculation, then common enough on the other side of the Atlantic, but which our forefathers, had they known it, would have held to be a deadlier crime than that stigmatised by the scarlet letter. Hester decides to throw off her scarlet letter and Dimmesdale forgives himself so that neither one of them feels any shame or guilt. Was existence worth accepting even to the happiest among them? Most often, it is buried. She had always felt that, by refusing to implicate him in the crime of adultery, she was saving him from the ruin that she faced every day. This is representative of the themes sin, individuality and conformity as well as nature and the occult.
Pearl was now seven years old. This holiday is usually a gloomy type of gathering, but because of the people's heredity in Europe and being exposed to the Elizabethan time period, a little light and enjoyment mixes into the gathering. In the beginning, Hester is calling after Dimmesdale to talk to him. Hester notices a misshapen, older Englishman toward the back of the crowd. Once upon the scaffold he assures Hester that God will decide what to do with them and that he is a forgiving God. Under that impulse she had made her choice, and had chosen, as it now appeared, the more wretched alternative of the two.