Hester is a married woman who’s husband is away. Hester has a newborn baby, but the baby is not her husband’s. She has committed adultery and now has to wear the letter A on her chest for all to see. Hester will not give the name of the father of the baby and so she must bare the shame alone. Later in the book the reader finds out that the father is none other than Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. the reverend has made friends with a Roger Chillingworth who becomes the town’s doctor and who happens to be Hester’s husband, but no one knows this. Roger is trying to find out who the father of Pearl is and he suspects the reverend. The need for revenge transforms Roger and guilt rips the reverend apart.
This book goes to show that every action has a consequence and that your actions have the power to effect far more than yourself. This is a classic worth reading.
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