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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

12) What makes Hester and Reverend Dimmesdale finally feel hope about their future?

Hester and Reverend Dimmesdale finally experience joy and hope in the prospect of returning to Europe together with their daughter, Pearl. They meet in the forest and talk openly about their past love and the possibility of a new start in a different place. Hester even removes her scarlet “A” and lets down her long hair from under her cap in an act of momentary freedom and safety. The height of this happiness is expressed when Hester says, “Thou shalt not go alone!”