The Scarlet Letter is a Nathaniel Hawthorne’s drama book first published by Ticknor, Reed, and Fields in 1850 and retold by Chris Rice for Penguin Books in 1970. This is a story of a suffering woman who made a mistake in love, and has to live with the prejudices of her time.
Hester Prynne is adulteress. The big, red letter “A” on her breast tells this to the crowd in front the door’s prison. The scarlet letter and standing up holding her baby by four hours was the punishment that they gave in Boston of 1600s. Stay in a platform hearing the bad words and looking for the crowd fire eyes.
She thought about her life in Old England and about her husband. The old man wanted to start a new life in New England, and sent Hester before him. Buttwo years past and he never came. At least until that damn day when while everybody was asking for the child’s father, she saw his ugly face in middle of the crowd and felt afraid.
That man had hurt her when he married her without love. Now Hester is an adulteress and has a secret that this old man wants to know: “Who’s the child’s father?”. But Mr. Prynne has lied about his identity and real name to town. Everybody thinks his name was Roger Chillingworth and only Hester knows the true.
That man had hurt her when he married without her love and made suffer when he left her alone in that town. Now she hurts his heart with a child born of sin, and that old man wants to know: “Who’s the child’s father?”.