The Scarlet Letter

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Published: 1850
Language: English
Wordcount: 85,388 / 252 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 5,646
Added to site: 2008.05.06 20772

By common consent the greatest novel that has been written this side of the Atlantic. It is, as were all Hawthorne's works, a study of the soul of man. There is little incident. What takes place is mostly upon the arena of the heart.

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which has since become a city. And here his descendants have been born and died, and have mingled their earthy substance with the soil; until no small portion of it must necessarily be akin to the mortal frame wherewith, for a little while, I walk the streets. In part, therefore, the attachment which I speak of is the mere sensuous sympathy of dust for dust. Few of my countrymen can know what it is; nor, as frequent transplantation is perhaps better for the stock, need they consider it desirable to know.

But the sentiment has likewise its moral quality. The figure of that first ancestor, invested by family tradition with a dim and dusky grandeur, was present to my boyish imagination, as far back as I can remember. It still haunts me, and induces a sort of home-feeling with the past, which I scarcely claim in reference to the present phase of the town. I seem to have a stronger claim to a residence here on account of this grave, bearded, sable-cloaked and steeple-crowned progenitor,--who came so early,


Average Rating of 4.5 from 4 reviews: *****
Avneesh Kumar

A worth read book.I liked it.

This is a book which would clearly strike at your conscience. It is a book for those people who want to think about society, its rituals, human emotions, and conscience.

The language is so beautiful, and story is also up to the mark.

It is similar to "Crime and Punishment" in its conclusions, but in my view it is even better.

If you don't mind to stress your mind a little bit to think, then it is a standard recommendation.

Avneesh Kumar

This is good book, although the story moves slowly, if you are a classic's fan you would like it ....... it is shown that how the burden of a sin creates problems for a person ...... language style is purely classic, too beautiful ..... and it is an ancestor to "Crime and Punishment" by Fydoor. D., ..... although I like The Scarlet letter more.

J.David Knepper

Hawthorne's classic tale about the effects of unconfessed sin set in Puritan New England reminds us of basic truth.

The seemingly holy man was no better than the person cast out of polite society for committing sin. His adversary's power over him ended the moment he confessed his wrongdoing.

The outcast chose to return to the scene of her humiliation to serve out her life in service to others, showing the possibility of redemption for the worst of us. A surprisingly good book even if not required reading this time.

وسيم الدخل الله

this is a great book to learn more about puritans and their culture and how nature connects itself with society

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