Hatred vs. Love

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"Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility." (Hawthorne 145)

I'm not exactly sure how this quotation ties into the point Hawthorne was trying to make in this particular chapter, but as soon as I read it, I thought it was worth thinking about. At first thought, I assumed that Hawthorne was referring to how the public viewed Hester. She hated how the public viewed her, but as time passed, she kind of became used to it, or "love" it. But when the public continually reminds you of why they do not approve of you, it becomes difficult to ignore them. Or maybe the hatred could be towards the letter she wore?


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