In 17th-century Puritan Boston Hester Prynne gives birth after committing adultery and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.
ld Manse. And now--because, beyond my deserts, I was happy enough to find a listener or two on the former occasion--I again seize the public by the button, and talk of my three years' experience in a Custom-House. The example of the famous "P. P. , Clerk of this Parish," was never more faithfully followed. The truth seems to be, however, that when he casts his leaves forth upon the wind, the author addresses, not the many who will fling aside his volume, or never take it up, but the few who will understand him better than most of his schoolmates or lifemates. Some authors, indeed, do far more than this, and indulge themselves in such confidential depths of revelation as could fittingly be addressed only and exclusively to the one heart and mind of perfect sympathy; as if the printed book, thrown at large on the wide world, were certain to find out the divided segment of the writer's own nature, and complete his circle of existence by bringing him into communion with it. It is scarcely decorous, however,
This must read needs no introduction. Only through reading, the fantastically rich prose and descriptive power of Hawthorne would emerge in the imagery of the readers. Unlike some movie versions, there is neither eroticism nor naïve criticism of traditional values. The pace of this almost two century old narrative is swift—grabbing.
The source of this Ebook (thanks Manybooks!) is from the Project Gutenberg. As such, the iSilo version has a lengthy copyright disclaimer at the beginning. I would suggest to read the main story first and only then the Preamble.
The first time I saw or heard of this book was on a movie I had watched.
Fascinating read never the less..
Only if you read it with an open mind will you pick up what's intended for the reader.