Scarlet Letter Characters

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  • Hester Prynne
  • Character Traits: - Quiet and humble - Isolated - Dutiful and penitent
  • Physical Traits/Physiognomy: Young; with a figure of perfect elegance; tall; dark and abundant hair; black eyes; has a feminine gentility that is lady-like & sets her apart from other woman of her time. 
  • Quote: "Every gesture, every word, and even the silence of those with whom she came in contact, implied, and often expressed, that she was banished..."
  • Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
  • Character Traits: - Devoutly religious - Wise - Guilty 
  • Physical Traits/Physiognomy: Youthful; elegant; white, lofty, and impending brow;  large, brown, melancholy eyes; a mouth which was apt to be tremulous, expressing both nervous sensibility and self restraint
  • Quote: "Wondrous strength arid generosity of a woman's heart! She will not speak!"
  • Governor Bellingham
  • Physical Traits: Hard experience written in his wrinkles
  • Character Traits: - Stern - Wise - Just
  • Quote:  - "...the responsibility of this woman's soul lies greatly with you. It behoves you; therefore, to exhort her to repentance and to confession, as a proof and consequence thereof. " 
  • Mistress Hibbins
  • Character Traits: - Bitter-tempered - Witch-lady
  • Physical Traits/Physiognomy: - Ill-omened - Witch-lady - Old
  • Pearl
  • Character Traits: - Innocent - Intelligent - Graceful
  • Physical Traits/Physiognomy:  - Infant - Faultless beauty - Lovely
  • Roger Chillingworth
  • Character Traits: - Vengeful - Wise - Cold
  • Physical Traits/Physiognomy: - Old
  • Quote: "Wilt thou go with us to-night? There will be a merry company in the forest; and I well-nigh promised the Black Man that comely Hester Prynne should make one."
  • Quote: "Oh, I am your little Pearl!
  • Quote: "I seek no vengeance, plot no evil against thee... but, Hester, the man lives who has wronged us both! Who is he?"
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