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"I pray you, good Sir. Who is this woman? - and wherefore is she here set up to public shame."

Roger Chillingworth

"I am stranger, and have been a wanderer, sorely against my will. I have met with grievous mishaps by sea and land, and have been long held in bonds among the heathen folk, to the southward."

Roger Chillingworth

"Knowing your natural temper better than I, he could the better judge what arguments to use, whether of tenderness or terror, such as might prevail over your hardness and obstinacy."

Rev. John Wilson

"Speak to the woman, my brother. Exhort her to confess the truth!"

Rev. John Wilson

"I charge thee to speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner and thy fellow-sufferer!"

Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale

"They have doomed Mistress Prynne to stand only a space of three hours on the platform of the pillory, an then and thereafter, for the remainder of her natural life, to wear a mark of shame upon her bosom."


"But he will be known! -he will be known! -he will be known!"

Roger Chillingworth

"Cans't thou tell me, my child, who made thee?"

Rev. John Wilson

"Hist, hist! Wilt thou go with us tonight? There will be a merry company in the forest; and I well-nigh promised the Black Man that comely Hester Prynne should make one."

Mistress Hibbins

"From the moment that we came down the old church steps together, a married pair, I might have beheld the bale of fire of the scarlet letter blazing at the end of our path."

Roger Chillingworth

"Come and look into this fair garden. It may be we shall see flowers there; more beautiful ones than we find in the woods."

Hester Prynne

"She is my happiness! She is my torture nonetheless."

Hester Prynne

"Speak thou for me! Thou wast my pastor, and hadst changed my soul, knowest me better than these men can."

Hester Prynne

"There is the likeness of the scarlet letter running along by her side! Come, therefore, and let us sling mud at them!"


"My old studies in alchemy and my sojourn, for above a year past, among a people well versed in the kindly properties of simples, have made a better physician of me than that many that can claim the medical degree."

Roger Chillingworth

"I shall seek this man as I have sought truth in books."

Roger Chillingworth

"A good evening to you, venerable Father Wilson! Come up hither, I pray you, and pass a pleasant hour with me!"

Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale

"I have been watching at a deathbed—at Governor Winthrop's deathbed..."

Hester Prynne

"I would speak a word with you. A word that concerns us much."

Hester Prynne

"You search his thoughts. You burrow and rankle in his heart! Your clutch is on his life, and you cause him to die daily a living death; and still he knows you not."

Hester Prynne

"It is our fate. Let the black flower blossom as it may. Now go thy ways, and deal as thou wilt with yonder man."

Roger Chillingworth

"The sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. Now see! There it is, playing, a good way off. Stand here, and let me run and catch it."


"Once in my life I met the Black Man."

Hester Prynne

"The people reverence thee, and surely thou workest good among them! Doth this bring thee no comfort?"

Hester Prynne

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