Elegance in the midst of shame

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In chapter 2 of The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne stands before all the people in order to be shamed for her sin.  She clutches her child to her chest in a seeming attempt to hide the scarlet letter on her chest.  But then it seems like something clicks in her mind: she may be considered a disgrace, but she has a baby to think of and she decides not to let the judgment of others determine her own self-esteem.

"In a moment, however, wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another, she took the baby on her arm, and, with a burning blush, and yet a haughty smile, and a glance that would not be abashed, looked around at her townspeople and neighbours.  On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A."

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This page contains a single entry by CassieEllson published on October 13, 2010 2:45 PM.

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