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The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 14-21

""So speaking, she undid the clasp that fastened the scarlet letter, and, taking it from her bosom, threw it a distance among the withered leaves" (182).

I actually had to read this sentence twice because I couldn't believe she did it. I like how Hawthorne wrote that it fell among the leaves. All leaves are on a tree only for a time, but then it is time for them to fall to make way for new ones to grow. Hester was throwing her last "leaf" away in order to make a new life for herself. Too bad Pearl started freaking out.

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL266/2009/09/hawthorne_the_s_2/

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