When Hester Prynne bears an illegitimate child she is introduced to the ugliness, complexity, and ultimately the strength of the human spirit.
Though set in Puritan community centuries ago, the moral dilemmas of personal responsibility and consuming emotions of guilt, anger, loyalty and revenge are timeless.
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Genres: Fiction, romanticism, historical novel
Published in 1850
“We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.”
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true”
“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom”
“Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world”
“Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!”
“She could no longer borrow from the future to ease her present grief”
“She wanted—what some people want throughout life—a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanize and make her capable of sympathy”
“I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!”