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The Scarlet Letter

by: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Chs. 13 – 14

1

“In her lonesome cottage, by the sea-shore, thoughts visited [Hester], such as dared to enter no other dwelling in New England; shadowy guests, that would have been as perilous as demons to their entertainer, could they have been seen so much as knocking at her door.”

2

“It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society. The thought suffices them, without investing itself in the flesh and blood of action.”

3

“The scarlet letter had not done its office.”

4

“In a word, old Roger Chillingworth was a striking evidence of man’s faculty of transforming himself into a devil, if he will only, for a reasonable space of time, undertake a devil’s office.”


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