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The Diary of Hester Prynne

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Derek Gordon

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Transcript of The Diary of Hester Prynne

The Diary of Hester Prynne
By
Derek Gordon

Entry 5
Dear Diary,
Since I have been released I have been feeling lost, as if my purpose is being clouded by the negativity around me. The constant ridicule and hate from those around me builds up inside me, and even though I have a calm composure on the outside, within I am close to snapping. I have recently found a house within the town that has been deserted and this is where I wish to carry out my punishment. My only hope right now is to change the view that the townspeople have of me. I want them to view me as a more than a women that committed adultery, but as a women that has remorse for her actions and looks to move that them. All I want is to provide the best life for Pearl through my needle work, and through the word of the Lord. By teaching her about the bible and the way of the Lord, I can prevent her from making the same mistake that I made.
-Hester
Entry 6
Dear Diary,
Over time I have begun to notice something quite strange, Pearl refuses to play with other children. Even when they make an attempt to be friendly she refuses and begins to throw rocks at them. I fear that my husband is close to knowing or already knows who my husband is, as I have seen him spending more and more time with Dimmesdale. I do not know what will befall Dimmesdale if my husband discovers that he is the father of my child. This cursed “A” attached to my bosom stays as a constant reminder to myself and others of the sin I have committed and that I am an adulteress, as if I would ever be able to forget what I have done.
-Hester

ENTRY 1
Dear Diary,
Today the Puritan court sentenced me to stand on the scaffold in front of the whole town. While on the scaffold in front on the whole town I was made to wear and embroidered A on my garments. Being mocked and ridicules by my former friends and colleagues while holding my precious daughter in my arms is a feeling I never hope to recreate. All of this was created by a simple mistake I made nearly a year ago. I was scared lonely, and unsure of my husbands situation, he could have been dead for all I knew. I saw him today while on the scaffold, the look of disappointment and bitterness towards who I had an affair with was the only face I paid attention to. One day I hope pearl will understand, and not feel malice towards me or her true father.
-Hester
Entry 2
Dear Dairy,
Today my husband visited me in jail, I was still scared from the look in his eyes yesterday. When he visited he brought pearl and I medicine while we were in our cell. I told him my side of the story regarding the affair, and he apologized for not showing up until now. He asked me not to tell anyone who he was and that was because he was ashamed of me. He should share the blame, because if he did not leave me then I would have never been in this situation.
-Hester
Entry 3
Dear Dairy,
Another day has passed but my pain still remains, the pain and humility of being forced to stand before the entire town with Pearl is nearly too much to bear. The countless arrogant remarks made by the towns people made me extremely frustrated. Pearl must have also been frustrated, as she began to cry. The main question I have been receiving is that of who the true father is. I can never tell anyone that it is Reverend Dimsdale that is a secret we will both be forced to live with for the rest of our lives. I fear the worst if the town was to find out, what would become of him, and more importantly what would become of my precious daughter Pearl.
-Hester
Entry 4
Dear Diary,
Today was the day I have been long awaiting, the day that Pearl and I are released from prison. I am relieved to be out of that place, and now I must begin to provide for Pearl, with my sewing abilities I feel I should be able to provide a life, not the life she deserves, but a life none the least. Even though I have been released from prison, I am not free. I am bound with chains of the eternal burden of the sin I have committed, and as long as I wander this earth is shall be constantly reminded of that. If I would have never committed adultery then I would not be in this situation, but I would also not have Pearl, so part of me is glad regarding the circumstanced that preceded this.
-Hester
Entry 7
Dear Diary,
Today was possibly the oddest day of my entire life. While I was walking home I noticed that Dimmesdale was on the scaffold. Standing there, all alone, as if he was in a trance. He spotted Pearl and I and asked us if we would do him the pleasure of joining him on the scaffold. He reached his hand out towards us and we decided to join him. Pearl asked him if he would stand with us on the scaffold at noon tomorrow. His reply was that he could not allow himself to do that. Pearl then followed up by asking if he would hold their hands tomorrow on the scaffold, but once again he refused. Pearl was distraught at the fact that Dimmesdale would only acknowledge them in private, out of the public eye. While on the scaffold, with our hands touching, a meteor passed and illuminated the sky, and within the sky the letter “A” appeared. The same type of “A” that I am forced to wear every day on my bossum.
-Hester
Entry 8
Dear Diary,
Much has been happening and I do not have much time to make these crucial life decisions, such as moving to Europe with Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale wishes to pick up, leave, and spend the rest of our days in Europe, just him, Pearl, and I. We are set to leave after Dimmesdale makes his Election Sermon. Once he delivers his speech we are heading straight to a boat that will take us to Europe. The only thing that is stopping me from fully committing is Pearl. She is not fond of Dimmesdale because of how he ignores us in public and refuses to admit to being my lover. God please lead me towards the correct choices.
-Hester
Entry 9
Dear Diary,
Today was absolutely devastating, my true love Dimmesdale passed away. Just hours before we were going to leave for Europe. He was delivering his speech for the election ceremony and then a craze look came into his eyes and he feel on the ground. He began to confess his sins to the crowd. He told everyone about the affair and how pearl was his daughter, after his confessions, he became guilt free. Once guilt free I assume he felt like he could die in peace, because once he finished he died … This will not change my plans however, I will still go to Europe… it is what Dimmesdale would have wanted.
-Hester
Entry 10
Dear Diary,
The trip went well, returning however I feel an ache in my heart. Life will be harder for me without having Pearl by my side. She was my light and my strength. I just hope that her life in Europe will be better than her life her in the Puritan society. Hopefully she will find a Christian man who she will marry and have children with. Whether I will live to see that day I am unsure of. As the days go by I grow weaker, my hair has lost the shine that it once possessed, and my beauty has retreated. I am no longer the women that I once was both on the inside and the outside. For this experience has made me a stronger person, it has made me cherish everyday as if it were my last, and not let the words of others determine my worth, for only I can determine my true value.
-Hester
Entry 11
Dear Diary,
I have just returned to the Puritan Society and am missing Pearl greatly. It was extremely difficult coming back without her by my side, but I knew that I was doing the right thing. When I arrived home I was welcomed with gifts and warming faces. They have begun to see me in a new light. They have become more welcoming, and do not feel the need to excommunicate me. I only wish that this would have occurred sooner, as I feel that my time on this earth is fading away faster than I would like. I am not sure how much longer I can go on, but if I were to die today at least I would know that I will have more pleasant eyes staring at my grave stone instead of those filled with hate.
-Hester
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