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More by this Author This outward mutability indicated, and did not more than fairly express, the various properties of her inner life. Her nature appeared to possess depth, too, as well as variety; but--or else Hester's fears deceived her--it lacked reference and adaptation to the world into which she was born.
The child could not be made amenable to rules.
In giving her existence a great law had been broken; and the result was a being whose elements were perhaps beautiful and brilliant, but all in disorder, or with an order peculiar to themselves, amidst which the point of variety and arrangement was difficult or impossible to be discovered.
Hester could only account for the child's character--and even then most vaguely and imperfectly--by recalling what she herself had been during that momentous period while Pearl was imbibing her soul from the spiritual world, and her bodily frame from its material of earth.
The Scarlet Letter: eBook Edition Nathaniel Hawthorne Like all of Hawthorne's novels, "The Scarlet Letter" has but a slender plot and but few characters with an influence on the development of the story/5(K). "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester could only account for the child's character--and even then most vaguely and imperfectly--by recalling what she herself had been during that momentous period while Pearl was imbibing her soul from the spiritual world, and her bodily frame from its material of earth. all, the warfare of. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a classic which is the main reason I chose to read it. But, besides being a classic, it is also a very good book, and I enjoyed it immensely, though the ending was disappointing in that it was a little vague as to the fates of some of the characters.4/5(K).
The mother's impassioned state had been the medium through which were transmitted to the unborn infant the rays of its moral life; and, however white and clear originally, they had taken the deep stains of crimson and gold, the fiery lustre, the black shadow, and the untempered light of the intervening substance.
Above all, the warfare of Hester's spirit at that epoch was perpetuated in Pearl. She could recognize her wild, desperate, defiant mood, the flightiness of her temper, and even some of the very cloud-shapes of gloom and despondency that had brooded in her heart.
They were now illuminated by the morning radiance of a young child's disposition, but, later in the day of earthly existence, might be prolific of the storm and whirlwind.
Add this page to your Bookmarks or Favorites and finish it later. The discipline of the family in those days was of a far more rigid kind than now. The frown, the harsh rebuke, the frequent application of the rod, enjoined by Scriptural authority, were used, not merely in the way of punishment for actual offences, but as a wholesome regimen for the growth and promotion of all childish virtues.
Hester Prynne, nevertheless, the loving mother of this one child, ran little risk of erring on the side of undue severity. Mindful, however, of her own errors and misfortunes, she early sought to impose a tender but strict control over the infant immortality that was committed to her charge.
But the task was beyond her skill. Physical compulsion or restraint was effectual, of course, while it lasted. As to any other kind of discipline, whether addressed to her mind or heart, little Pearl might or might not be within its reach, in accordance with the caprice that ruled the moment.
Her mother, while Pearl was yet an infant, grew acquainted with a certain peculiar look, that warned her when it would be labour thrown away to insist, persuade or plead.
It was a look so intelligent, yet inexplicable, perverse, sometimes so malicious, but generally accompanied by a wild flow of spirits, that Hester could not help questioning at such moments whether Pearl was a human child.
She seemed rather an airy sprite, which, after playing its fantastic sports for a little while upon the cottage floor, would flit away with a mocking smile. Whenever that look appeared in her wild, bright, deeply black eyes, it invested her with a strange remoteness and intangibility: Beholding it, Hester was constrained to rush towards the child--to pursue the little elf in the flight which she invariably began--to snatch her to her bosom with a close pressure and earnest kisses--not so much from overflowing love as to assure herself that Pearl was flesh and blood, and not utterly delusive.
But Pearl's laugh, when she was caught, though full of merriment and music, made her mother more doubtful than before.Hester Prynne.
The main character of The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, is a beautiful young woman who readers first witness standing on the scaffolding of the town pillory. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a classic which is the main reason I chose to read it.
But, besides being a classic, it is also a very good book, and I enjoyed it immensely, though the ending was disappointing in that it was a little vague as to the fates of some of the characters.4/5(K).
In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates changes in his major characters through his use of diction. Diction, in this case, refers to word choice. Diction, in this case, refers to word choice. Hester Defiant Until the Very End.
In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne uses the novel in an attempt to better unify what he thought was a separating nation through providing an example of a community being united by mercy, justice, and charity (Boudreau ).
From a cursory look at the novel, most readers would not see these ideals in the novel; however, the protagonist, Hester Prynne, . Sep 21, · Chapter Summary for Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, chapter 5 summary.
Find a summary of this and each chapter of The Scarlet Letter! Chapter Summary for Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, chapter 5 summary. she accepts the reality that the townspeople see them as such. While she may appear somewhat defiant in her embrace.
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne. BUY SHARE. BUY! Home; Literature Notes; The Scarlet Letter What is most remarkable about Hester Prynne is her strength of character. While Hawthorne does not give a great deal of information about her life before the book opens, he does show her remarkable character, revealed through her public.