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Hawthorne, Nathaniel
New York : Knopf, 1992
ISBN 0553210092
Boston, 1642.  Hester Prynne stands on a scaffold with her young daughter.  Hester is wearing a large red letter "A" on her dress.  She is being punished for the crime of adultery.  Years before, she had arrived in Boston ahead of her husband.  She was to prepare a home for him and be ready for his arrival from England.  It took him over two years to come to join her but his ship was wrecked and he was reported killed.  In the meantime, Hester and the local minister, Arthur Dimsdale have fallen in love.  Their relationship has resulted in the birth of young Pearl.  When Hester refuses to tell the town elders who Pearl's father is, she is the one who is punished.  Find out if Hester and Arthur will ever be together in THE SCARLET LETTER.
SUBJECTS:     Adultery -- Fiction
                        Puritans -- Fiction
                       Boston (Mass.) -- History -- Fiction


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