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The Scarlet Letter Ch. 7-13

"It was none the less a fact, however, that, in the eyes of the very men who spoke thus, the scarlet letter had the effect of the cross on a nun's bosom" (147).

The fact that the townspeople come to respect Hester was kind of a surprise for me. I guess they admire her for putting up with all the suffering. I don't think she would be able to just forget about what she went through and live a normal life. The fact that she sinned was beat into her brain and most likely won't be able to fix itself.


It could be seen as respect... I didn't really see it as that though. I saw it more as an understanding. They have tormented her day after day, and now she is just there. They have come to live with the fact that she is still a living example of sin, but they no longer see it as prominent. I'm not really sure on that one.
She has definitely gone from this horrible woman to someone they can look to and see good - which is extremely odd given that Dimmesdale is diminishing quickly.

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