Scarlet Letter

Scarlet Letter

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  • Breathe not, to any  human soul that thou didst ever call me husband 
  • In 17th-century Puritan Boston, Hester Prynne is on trial for adultery. She has a 3-month old baby named Pearl, and Hester refuses to name the father. As punishment, Hester must wear a Scarlet Letter "A" on her chest for the rest of her life.
  • Nooooooooo!
  • Hester's long-lost husband "Roger Chillingworth" has finally made it to Boston, and he is angry. He dedicates himself to finding out who Hester's lover is so that he can exact his revenge.  He swears Hester to secrecy. Meanwhile, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is suffering from an unknown ailment which seems to come from an internal struggle. Chillingworth poses as a doctor to help the ailing minister 
  • He tortured himself for his own guilt!
  • I DEFINITELY saw a letter A on his chest 
  • Did Chillingworth make it appear magic?
  • Hester, Pearl, and Dimmesdale reconnect when Pearl is seven, and they decide to run away together to Europe, after Dimmesdale's final sermon, to be given on Election Day. Dimmesdale slowly becomes more ill with each passing day and holds his hand over his heart in pain. Chillingworth discovers the family's connection and plan; he books himself a ticket on the same ship with them.
  • Dimmisdale delivers his Election Day sermon with fervor and newfound energy - many say it's the best sermon he hasever given. He ends by calling Hester and Pearl up to the scaffold with him, where acknowledgehi s part in Hester adultery and his guilt for not stepping forward as Pearl's father seven years before. He tears open this shirt and reveals and 'A"engraved into is skin, and then he dies 
  • The townspeople cannot believe what they have seen; some even outright deny that Dimmesdale had the "A"on his chest. Chillingworth dies within a year of Dimmesdale  and leaves his entire inheritance to Pearl, making her very rich. Pearl and Hester leave New England for Europe soon after.
  • I did NOT see any A on the Reverend at all.
  • Many years later, Hester returns to Boston and again lives in the little cottage she and Pearl once shared. She still wears the scarlet letter even though she doesn't have to, and women in town come to her for advice and respect her. She dies in Boston, and is buried near Dimmesdale
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