Scarlet Letter 7-13

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"Hester looked, by way of humoring the child; and she saw that, owing to the peculiar effect of this convex mirror, the scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gigantic proportions, so as to be greatly the most prominent feature of her appearance. In truth, she seemed absolutely hidden behind it." (Hawthorne 97)

This loathsome punishment, this scarlet letter has begun to consume Hester, to eclipse her.  She is no longer seen as beautiful or talented for her needlework or anything other than her sin to herself or anyone else.

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL266/2009/09/hawthorne_the_scarlet_letter_c/

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