You should have seen Hester’s face when she recognized me, I could see the fright in her eyes. She must have thought I would confess my real identity to these good Puritan citizens, but no, I shall not bring shame to myself, I would rather her hold the self-afflicted burden she carries upon her breast as she has been forced to do so. My only grief is that this ‘A’, which is the symbol of her sins, is almost as beautiful as she. When I see the magnificence of this scarlet figure, I feel nothing but rage for the evil that has taken Hester from my possession, and also for Hester, the sinner herself. Its beauty leads me to believe that she holds her fellow sinner in high esteem and with true adoration.
I have discovered the serpent in the garden of my marriage; he is none other than the MOST REVERAND MR. DIMMESDALE. He sits upon his pulpit day, after day, after day, preaching the word of our most holy one, while I have to think of him tou...