"Nothing in Hawthornre surpasses this somber tale of Puritan New England, of two people who defy the moral law, and of the inexorable punishment wrought by the strange power of the scarlet letter."
Hester is leaving the jail and as she goes the scarlet letter is shown.
Hester is brought out of jail to her public shaming and is asked once again who the man of the child is which she had an affair with.
Speak thy name!
"Speak out the name! That, and thy repetence, may avail to take the scarlet letter off thy breast."
Hesters husband shows at her shaming with a different name as well as a new career. and is thought to be just another stranger in the crowd.
'Stranger' (Long lost husband)
What she says has truth governor... God gave her that precious babe.
This is terrible! "Methinks this child needs better care.. far better than thou canst do it!"
No! God has given me her keeping and I refuse to give her up! Speak for me, speak!
The governor tries to take Pearl away from Hester but Hester refuses to give up her child.
Hester talks to her husband knowing he knows who she had an affair with... she tells him she wants to tell Dimmesdale about his identity
I'm telling Arthur!
How dare thy! You may not tell him.
Hester finds Pearl playing with seaweed in the shape of an 'A' and she realizes her little girl is much more attentive than she thought.