The Scarlet Letter

by: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Chs. 3 – 4

1

“A writhing horror twisted itself across his features, like a snake gliding swiftly over them, and making one little pause, with all its wreathed involutions in open sight.”

2

“Notwithstanding his high native gifts and scholar-like attainments, there was an air about this young minister,—as of a being who felt himself quite astray and at a loss in the pathway of human existence, and could only be at ease in some seclusion of his own.”

3

“My heart was a habitation large enough for many guests, but lonely and chill, and without a household fire.”

4

“Believe me, Hester, there are few things,—whether in the outward world, or, to a certain depth, in the invisible sphere of thought,—few things hidden from the man, who devotes himself earnestly and unreservedly to the solution of a mystery.”


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