The Scarlet Letter

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Here is recorded a stark
  episode in the lives
of a stern, unforgiving
people, a story of bigotry 
uncurbed and its train
of sorrow, shame and 
     tragedy - -

2
Puritan Boston on a
  Sabbath Day in
     June - -

3
The Reverend Arthur
Dimmesdale, beloved
  by his people.

4
"I pray that God will
help me to explain the 
point which thou hast
disputed with the Elder
  on Lecture Day."

5
"- - and make thee
again one with us in
     spirit."

6
"A purse for thy 
good works, Master
   Dimmesdale."

7
"It comes as a gift from
our hearts. We thank 
God every day for thy 
      ministry."

8
His Worship, the Governor
     of the Colony.

9
"Hester Prynne's bird
singing on the Lord's
Day! What is Boston
    coming to?"

10
"Must thou always be 
a tabby-cat, Mistress 
      Hibbins?"

11
"'Tis against the law 
to run and skip on the
Sabbath! The minister
   must be told!"

12
"It distresses me to gossip,
    Master Dimmesdale,
        but - -"

13
"Hester Prynne must
   be punished!"

14
"Control thy wanton
nose, Master Giles!"

15
"Hester Prynne, thou
hast profaned God's
     holy day!"

16
"Take heed, therefore!
If ye sin, ye must
pay - - there is no 
      escape!"

17
"Behold what thy
gabbling tongue hath
done - - old crow!"

18
"I did not dream the
committee would mete 
out further punishment
     to thee - -"

19
"It matters not - since
the order came not
     from thee."

20
"Wood-pussy!"

21
"Hester, I hope thou
hast learned a great 
      lesson!"

22
"Woman, whoever thou
     art - stop!"

23
"Again thou hast been 
doing wrong! What art
    thou hiding?"

24
"It would be pleasant,
sir, to walk beside thee
and hear thee condemn
   me for my sins."

25
"I have told thee my
thoughts - thou dost
say they are sinful -
     but, why?"

26
"Why are we taught 
to be ashamed - - 
    of love?"

27
"Hester, I have fought 
against it - but I love 
       thee - -"

28
"Nine o'clock and all's
   well! Go to your 
        homes!"

29
"Father! I will not be 
wed to a man of such
unbridled passions!"

30
"The Governor is sending 
me to England with a 
message to the King!"

31
"Now thou canst refuse 
me no longer. Thou art
going with me - as my
        wife!"

32
"I cannot marry thee -"

33
"My wedding ring - -"

34
"Another man's wife -
and in my heart thou
hast been my wife -
     my wife!"

35
"I loved thee so - -
I feared to tell thee
lest thou turn from me
      entirely."

36
"On the day I left 
England my father
forced me to marry a
wealthy surgeon -"

37
"When his estates were 
settled he left England...
but these years have
brought no word of 
       him."

38
"I was never wife to 
him - I loved him not
  and told him so."

39
"I cannot live without
  thy forgiveness!"

40
"Lights out! All's well!"

41
It was summer again -

42
"Cockroach!"

43
"Master Dimmesdale
  hath returned!"

44
"The ship arrived at
Salem a week earlier
than we expected -"

45
"I bring good news! Our
petition was granted by 
       the King!"

46
"Hester Prynne is to
be punished on the
     scaffold!"

47
"Hester Prynne? What
   hath she done?"

48
 "Truly a man of God!
  He hath compassion
for the blackest sinner."

49
"Thou shalt not be 
branded alone! To-
gether we must stand,
   thou and I!"

50
"I - - I am the guilty 
one, Hester! I must
share thy punishment."

51
"And make me suffer
doubly - - to know
that I have helped
destroy thee - -"

52
"Thou hast no right to
tear down the ideals of
thy followers who look
to thee for guidance."

53
"Atone! Atone for both
of us - with thy good
        work -"

54
"We may never see each
other again, but I will
have comfort in behold-
ing thy life of devotion
     and service."

55
"How our dear minister
suffers with the guilty 
        ones!"

56
"The charge of her soul
  has been with thee.
 Exhort her to name
  her fellow sinner."

57
  "Hester Prynne -
    I charge thee
to speak out the name
of thy fellow sinner."

58
"Be not silent from
any mistaken pity or
tenderness for him!
Speak out his name!"

59
"It would be far better
for him to stand on
thy pedestal of shame
than hide a guilty heart
    through life."

60
"I will never betray him.
I love him - and I will
   always love him!"

61
"- - and would that
I might endure his 
agony as well as mine!"

62
"Hester Prynne - I stand
before thee to mete out
    thy punishment!"

63
"Reveal the brand of 
 shame - to be worn 
  until thy death!"

64
"Adulteress!"

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"We have decided thy
child shall be taken
from thee and brought
 up by a Christian
      woman!"

66
"I pray thee - - any
punishment but that!
I cannot give thee my 
      child!"

67
"Wouldst thou protect
a brat of the Devil -
unbaptized and damned?"

68
"Before God thy child
shall have a name -
and I will baptize her!"

69
"What wilt thou name her?"

70
"Pearl ... for she is indeed
  a pearl of great price."

71
"I baptize thee Pearl
     in the name
of the Father, the Son
 and the Holy Ghost."

72
Outcasts - - shunned
 and despised! But
Hester's happy child
reflected the hope that
still lay in her mother's
       heart.

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"Mother, why does the 
minister put his hand 
  over his heart?"

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"Stay! I would question
the brat - - as to her 
        soul."

75
"My mother picked me 
  from a rosebush."

76
"Heard ye ever such
blasphemy! She is
possessed of the Devil."

77
"Thou art ill, reverend
sir. We are frightened
by thy weakness - -"

78
"Spare thyself, Master
Dimmesdale. We could
ill afford to lose thee."

79
"Every time I pass the
house I put a curse 
upon that child of sin!"

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 The tortured heart -
  doubly tortured by 
the love and veneration
    of his people.

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And Hester - never in
all the bitter, lonely
years had she felt so 
    helpless - -

82
"Our boat was wrecked
on the coast, and I was
held prisoner by the 
Indians for seven years."

83
"If your colony will ransom
me, my skill will repay you.
In England I was a physician
     of some renown."

84
"Come with me, Giles!
My child! My child -"

85
"Go for the minister!
Tell him my child is
       dying!"

86
"Thou hast come back -
   from the dead!"

87
"Better that such a child
      should die!"

88
"Wouldst thou avenge
thyself on an innocent 
       child?"

89
"Dost think a vengeance
so shallow would satisfy 
          me?"

90
"Calm thy fears. She 
     will live."

91
 "Hester Prynne! Who's
the father of this child?"

92
"Hester! Our child - -"

93
"Who is that man?"

94
"I am - her husband!"

95
"Thou art the man! I
had not thought to find
  thee so soon - -"

96
"I will not betray thy
  guilty secret - -"

97
"- my revenge will be
       infinite!"

98
"Do not lose heart -
the world is wide -
leave this place of 
   suffering - -"

99
Days of indecision and
 wretchedness .... At
  last a way seemed
      open - -

100
"A Spanish ship sails
  tomorrow after the 
election festival. I have
seen the captain and
  secured passage."

101
"Across the seas -
there is happiness to
be enjoyed - good to
   be done - -"

102
"I am too ill - - too
broken - - I lack the
 courage to venture
       alone."

103
"We shall be with 
     thee - -"

104
"With this symbol I undo
the past and make it
as if it had never been!"

105
"Breathe it not to a 
soul - the Governor is 
 an old nincompoop!"

106
 "- and the Beadle is
a parrot in petticoats!"

107
"I'll punish Mistress 
Hibbins for this! She
shall be ducked by
      Giles!"

108
On the morrow - -
  Election Day - -
  the one day in the
  Puritans' year when
  gaiety was not an
  offense.

109
"I am wrongly accused!
Never hath my tongue
been given to gossip!"

110
"Falsehood! Her tongue
hath wagged like the
tail of a dog! Duck her 
       again!"

111
"We sail tonight on the 
flood tide - - the wind
    is favorable."

112
"Purge yourselves of in-
tolerance! Judge not -
for only the eyes of God
may see into the heart 
    of a sinner!"

113
"An inspired sermon!
Never hath he spoken
  so eloquently!"

114
"When are we going on 
  the ship, mother?"

115
"The ship that takes
thee and Hester away
     takes me!"

116
"Yes, everything is ready.
Come on board at sunset."

117
 "Dost think thou shalt
  ever have happiness?
I shall always follow thee!"

118
"People of New England!
At last! - - At last!
I stand where I should
have stood five years
since - - with Hester
       Prynne!"

119
"Believe him not! His
mind is unbalanced by
his illness. He accuses 
  himself falsely!"

120
"Hear me! Ye have
shuddered at Hester's
scarlet letter while my
brand of sin and infamy
lay hidden! Behold it!"

121
"I love thee so - -
I cannot face life
without thee - -"

122
"That is as God wills -
 and God is merciful."

123
"Is not this a better 
freedom than any we 
 have dreamed of?"

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