The Knitted Irony in "The Scarlet Letter"

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First off, sorry about the quotation marks in the heading. I know it should be italicized, but I don't know how to do that yet.

Getting back to the point... Despite being outcast by the community, Hester is able to make a living off of her beautiful knitted and stitched creations for governors, priests, officers, and other people of high standing. Despite this, as the book says on page 77, there is no record of Hester ever selling a bride's veil. Hester's skill must be good enough, as she is able to support herself and her child, but her reputation deters people from having her make a bride's veil. Even though the veil would be white, a symbol of purity, the hands that would have made it would have been impure, ruining the image of the bride. Hester's sin is still remembered throughout the community, and she is still not fully forgiven for it.

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To represent italics, one solution is _underlining_. but I confess, in casual blogging I often don't bother to do even that.

What do you make ofmthe fact that Hester chooses to make charity clothes, but the village does not call on her skill in making veils? There's an interesting parallel, since Hester's voluntary acts of charity seem to have no impact on society's willingness to forgive her.

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