Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Nathaniel Hawthorne's The scarlet letter / edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom. — New ed. Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. By Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on. The Scarlet Letter, published in , is an American novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is generally considered to be his magnum opus.
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His form grew emaciated; his voice, though still rich and sweet, had a certain melancholy prophecy of decay in it; he was often observed, on any slight alarm or other sudden accident, to put his hand over his heart with first a flush and then a paleness, indicative of pain.
His first entry on the scene, few people could tell whence, dropping down as it were out of the sky or starting from the nether earth, had an aspect of mystery, which was easily heightened to the miraculous. He was now known to be a man of skill; it was observed that he gathered herbs and the blossoms of wild—flowers, and dug up roots and plucked off twigs from the forest—trees like one acquainted with hidden virtues in what was valueless to common eyes.
He was heard to speak of Sir Kenelm Digby and other famous men—whose scientific attainments were esteemed hardly less than supernatural—as having been his correspondents or associates. Why, with such rank in the learned world, had he come hither?
What, could he, whose sphere was in great cities, be seeking in the wilderness?
In answer to this query, a rumour gained ground—and however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people—that Heaven had wrought an absolute miracle, by transporting an eminent Doctor of Physic from a German university bodily through the air and setting him down at the door of Mr.
This idea was countenanced by the strong interest which the physician ever manifested in the young clergyman; he attached himself to him as a parishioner, and sought to win a friendly regard and confidence from his naturally reserved sensibility.
The elders, the deacons, the motherly dames, and the young and fair maidens of Mr. Dimmesdale gently repelled their entreaties. But how could the young minister say so, when, with every successive Sabbath, his cheek was paler and thinner, and his voice more tremulous than before—when it had now become a constant habit, rather than a casual gesture, to press his hand over his heart?
Was he weary of his labours? Did he wish to die? These questions were solemnly propounded to Mr.
He listened in silence, and finally promised to confer with the physician. Youthful men, not having taken a deep root, give up their hold of life so easily! And saintly men, who walk with God on earth, would fain be away, to walk with him on the golden pavements of the New Jerusalem.
In this manner, the mysterious old Roger Chillingworth became the medical adviser of the Reverend Mr. As not only the disease interested the physician, but he was strongly moved to look into the character and qualities of the patient, these two men, so different in age, came gradually to spend much time together. Often, likewise, one was the guest of the other in his place of study and retirement There was a fascination for the minister in the company of the man of science, in whom he recognized an intellectual cultivation of no moderate depth or scope; together with a range and freedom of ideas, that he would have vainly looked for among the members of his own profession.
In truth, he was startled, if not shocked, to find this attribute in the physician. Dimmesdale was a true priest, a true religionist, with the reverential sentiment largely developed, and an order of mind that impelled itself powerfully along the track of a creed, and wore its passage continually deeper with the lapse of time.
In no state of society would he have been what is called a man of liberal views; it would always be essential to his peace to feel the pressure of a faith about him, supporting, while it confined him within its iron framework. Not the less, however, though with a tremulous enjoyment, did he feel the occasional relief of looking at the universe through the medium of another kind of intellect than those with which he habitually held converse.
It was as if a window were thrown open, admitting a freer atmosphere into the close and stifled study, where his life was wasting itself away, amid lamp—light, or obstructed day—beams, and the musty fragrance, be it sensual or moral, that exhales from books.
But the air was too fresh and chill to be long breathed with comfort. So the minister, and the physician with him, withdrew again within the limits of what their Church defined as orthodox. Thus Roger Chillingworth scrutinised his patient carefully, both as he saw him in his ordinary life, keeping an accustomed pathway in the range of thoughts familiar to him, and as he appeared when thrown amidst other moral scenery, the novelty of which might call out something new to the surface of his character.
He deemed it essential, it would seem, to know the man, before attempting to do him good. Her needlework craftiness provides her with good living. She likes to spend time with her baby girl Pearl and helping the poor.
The church members decide to do something about it and devise a plan to take Pearl away from Hester. Hester cannot believe her ears, makes up her mind to go a have a word with Governor Bellingham.
Worried not to receive a blemish on his name nor origins, he left Hester at the mercy of others just to save his skin. Such sense of impurity continues to haunt him, and Dimmesdale wants to confess his guilt, but lacks the courage to do it publicly. Hester, asks for permission to break the vow of silence to her husband. On Election Day, Dimmesdale stands up on the scaffold and confesses everything, including his involvement in the whole situation.
Chillingworth fails to keep his eagerness for revenge and dies shortly after Dimmesdale. Hester inherits a fortune for her, and her daughter. Like this summary? Click To Tweet She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.
He recognizes her too, and is shocked. Chillingworth pretends not to know Hester, and learns her story from a man in the crowd: she was married to an English scholar who was supposed to follow her to Boston but never showed up. After two years she fell into sin, committing the adultery that resulted in her baby and the scarlet "A" on her breast. Chillingworth predicts the unknown man will be found out, but when the beloved local Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale commands Hester to reveal the man's name, she refuses and is sent back to her prison cell.
Chillingworth poses as a doctor to get inside the prison to speak with Hester, and there forces her to promise never to reveal that he's her husband. Three years pass.
Hester is let out of prison and moves to the outskirts of Boston, near the forest. She makes a living as a seamstress, though the people who employ her still shun her.
Hester refuses to tell Pearl what the scarlet letter signifies, and Pearl becomes obsessed with the letter. Meanwhile, Chillingworth is working in Boston as a physician, though he has no formal medical training. One of his patients is Dimmesdale, who has fallen ill with heart trouble.
Chillingworth moves in with Dimmesdale to care for him full-time and begins to suspect a connection between Dimmesdale's heart ailment and Hester's crime. When he discovers that Dimmesdale has carved a mark over his heart that resembles Hester's scarlet letter, Chillingworth realizes that Dimmesdale is Hester's lover. Chillingworth decides to torment and expose Dimmesdale. Under Chillingworth's cruel care, Dimmesdale's health deteriorates.