The Scarlet Letters by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter is the tragic story of a woman's shame and the cruel treatment she suffers at the hands of the Puritan society in which she lives. A settler in New England, Hester Prynne has waited two years for her husband, an ageing English scholar, to join her. He arrives to find her in the pillory, a small baby in her arms. She must, as a punishment for her adultery, wear a scarlet 'A' embroidered on her breast and is consequently ostracized by her contemptuous neighbours. Sworn to keep secret the identity of both her husband and her lover, Hester slowly wins the respect of society by her charitable acts. Her own strength and the moral cowardice of the man who allows her to face guilt and shame alone are brought into sharp contrast in a dramatic and harrowing conclusion.
- The World's Classics XXVI
- Publisher Grant Richards, London; 1903
- Red Cloth Hardback With Gilt Title, 253 pp
- Size 160 x 100 mm, 17~3~4, 0.45 kg
Condition: Good – No Dust Jacket, Slight Rubbing To Edges, No Inscriptions, Good Copy