Thanks Kayla!

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Kayla, I didn't really think about it until you state, "I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting sick of how much Hawthorne writes how guilty Hester feels." Hawthorne does a lot of reminding of the guilt Hester is experiencing page after page. Pearl is a reminder of that for her in addition to the letter she wears daily.  But Pearl is also her happiness.

I understand Pearl is the reason "her soul is still alive." But sometimes I feel like the story has one dimension, guilt. I have found it frustrating even though I do enjoy the story. I just keep wondering, since this is a first read for me, is the entire story this dark and sad or will there be some kind of happiness?

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