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Hester Prynne

"..forgive me! in all things o have striven to be true! truth was the one virtue which i might have held fast." (164)


"come away, or yonder old black man will catch you! He hath gold hold of the minister already." (118)

Roger Chillingworth

"mine was the first wrong, when I betrayed thy budding youth into a false and unnatural relation with my decay." (69)

Hester Prynne

"thou shalt forgive me! let God punish! thou shalt Forgive!"

Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Mistress Hibbins

"will thou ride with me, some fine night, to see thy father? thou shalt know wherefore the minister keeps his hand over his heart!"

Hester Prynne

"Thou must gather thine own sunshine. I have none to give thee..."

Arthur Dimmesdale

"I think to need no more of you medicine kind minister."

Roger Chillingworth

"Betray me not."

Gov. Bellingham

"without question she is equally in the dark as to her soul its present depravity and future destiny! Methinks gentlemen we need to inquire no further."


"woman, woman, thou art accountable for this! I cannot forgive thee."


"thou hast escaped me."


"doth he love us? will he go back with us, hand in hand, we three together into the town?"


"Yes, I hate him! He betrayed me! he has done wrose wrong than i did to him!"


"was i not...kind, true, just, and of constant if not warm affections?"


"your clutch is on his life, and you cause him to die daily a living death."


"Of penance i have had enough! of penitence there has been none!"


"wilt thou stand here...tomorrow noon-tide?...wilt thou promise to take my hand?"


"Madman hold! wave back that woman! cast off this child! all shall be well! do not blacken your fame, and perish in dishonor! i can yet save you! would you bring infamy on your sacred profession?"


"we are not...the worst sinners in the world. there is one worse than even the polluted priest! that old man...has violated in cold blood the sanctity of the human heart."


"Wondrous strength and generosity of a woman's heart! she will not speak!"

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