Scarlet Letter Quotes Explained

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Quote | Response | Peer Response | “Goodwives,” said a hard-featured dame of fifty, “I’ll tell ye a piece of my mind. It would be greatly for the public behoof, if we women, being of mature age and church-members in good repute, should have the handling of such malefactresses as this Hester Prynne. What think ye, gossips?” | This quote is showing that during puritan times it was very much frowned upon to have a child with someone whom was not your husband. This quote also shows that Hester is very much revered and hated. This may foreshadow the hatred the town will have against her. | I like how you brought up the belief in puritan times. I also like how you explained what this may foreshadow in Hester’s future. | “At the very least, they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hester Prynne’s forehead. Madam Hester would have winced at that, I warrant me.” | The townspeople in Hester’s day are so appalled by her act they are going to the extreme that instead of wearing an A on her breast she should be branded on her forehead. This shows the religious dedication people had during this time. | I like how you explained the religious aspect this has on the people during the time. The extreme people will go to seems ridiculous. Do you think this may foreshadow in the future of Hester? | “When the young woman—the mother of this child—stood fully revealed before the crowd, it seemed to be her first impulse to clasp the infant closely to her bosom; not so much by an impulse of motherly affection, as that she might thereby conceal a certain token, which was wrought or fastened into her dress.” | This shows that Hester is very guilty for what she has done. She is very uncomfortable in the situation. When she is shown to the people this quote is saying she held the baby to her breast to conceal the A on her bosom. This may foreshadow a grim future for Hester. Her

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