So on page of 96 in my book (I'm not reading off of the ipad), there's the scene where Hester and Pearl are on their way to Bellingham's house and they come across a group of children that say
"Behold, verily, there is the woman of the scarlet letter; and, of a truth, moreover, there is the likeness of the scarlet letter running along by her side! Come, therefore, and let us fling mud at them!"
How, seriously, Hawthorne? I know my knowledge of the setting's time period and language is very limited, but I can't imagine a group of mud-flinging kids announcing something like this so elegantly and nobly. I don't even know what "verily" means! Even in a piece of fiction, I find this excerpt completely unbelievable.