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Transcript of English
Hester has been described as a very beautiful, feminist type of woman, with black eyes and shiny hair. She also has a scarlet 'A' stamped on her upper chest, bearing her sin as part of her punishment. Roger Chillingworth "This figure of the study and the cloister...was slightly deformed, with the left shoulder a trifle higher than the right. (ch.2)
As time passes, he has also appeared to grow more and more deformed, showing failing physical condition; the quote below shows he is a great fright to look at.
"So Roger Chillingworth - a deformed old figure, with a face that haunted men's memories longer than they liked - took leave of Hester." (ch. 15) What he says:
"Here, in a word, - and it is a rare instance in my life, - I had met with a person thoroughly adapted to the situation which he held." (intro.)
“Hester,” he said, “come here! Come, my little Pearl!” (ch. 23) Arthur Dimmesdale Appearance:
A reverend with a physical deformity caused by guilt.
With the guilt he has, his face becomes more and more disfigured by the day.
"He was a person of very striking aspect, with a white, lofty, and impending brow, large, brown, melancholy eyes, and a mouth which, unless when he forcibly compressed it, was apt to be tremulous, expressing both nervous sensibility and a vast power of self-restraint.
"While thus suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the soul, and given over to the machinations of his deadliest enemy, the Reverend Mr. Dimmsdale had achieved a brilliant popularity in his sacred office. He won it, indeed, in great part by his sorrows." (ch. 16) What he does:
He preaches at a very strict church, and is also Hester's anonymous lover.
He has violated 2 of the 10 commandments: #7, "Thou shalt not commit adultery; and #9, "Thou shalt not bear false witness", making him a hypocrite.
With the guilt earlier described, it is said that he preaches better the more guilty he feels; he relieves said guilt by standing among the scaffold with Hester and Pearl, and by rewriting and preaching his long-anticipated, and very well-praised Election Sermon.
"The moment that he did so, there came what seemed a tumultuous rush of new life, other life than his own, pouring like a torrent into his heart, and hurrying through all his veins, as if the mother and the child were communicating their vital warmth to his half-torpid system. The three formed an electric chain." (ch. 12) "The young woman was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance on a large scale... dark and abundant hair, so glassy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam... a face... being beautiful... had the impressiveness belonging to a marked blow and deep black eyes." (ch. 2, pg. 58) What she does: She has committed adultery against her husband, becomes pregnant and gives birth to her daughter Pearl.
"Man had marked this woman’s sin by a scarlet letter, which had such potent and disastrous efficacy that no human sympathy could reach her, save it were sinful like herself." (ch. 6, pg. 91-92)
She gains her reputation despite being alienated by her kindness and talent, including sewing clothes for the townspeople of Boston.
After removing the scarlet letter: "The stigma gone, Hester heaved a long, deep sigh, in which the burden of shame and anguish departed from her spirit. O exquisite relief! She had not known the weight, until she felt the freedom!" (ch. 18.) Even as the scarlet letter is only a piece of thread, we see here that there is LOTS of power and meaning behind it. What she says:
“Mother,” said little Pearl, “the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. Now, see! There it is, playing, a good way off. Stand you here, and let me run and catch it. I am but a child; it will not flee from me..." (ch. 16, pg.)
This quote states that Pearl sees what others cannot see, as children normally do. This also states that she sees that her mother Hester is representative of all adults. "Certainly, there was no physical defect. By its perfect shape, its vigor, and its natural dexterity in the use of all its untried limbs, the infant was worthy to have been brought forth in Eden" (pg. 92) Pearl Prynne Appearance: What others say about her:
"At the very least, they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hester Prynne's forehead... why, look you, she may cover it with a brooch, or suchlike heathenish adornment, and so walk the streets as brave as ever!" (ch. 2, pg. 58)
This quote describes the jealousy of the Puritan women among Boston. Hester's daughter. Appearance: What he does:
Before the events of the book begin, Roger was sailing from England to Boston, before he becomes shipwrecked and is faced with several attacks by the local Native Americans. Upon reaching Boston, he finds Hester being publicly humiliated for committing adultery.
"This figure of the study and the cloister...was slightly deformed, with the left shoulder a trifle higher than the right. Next rose before her, in memory’s picture-gallery, the intricate and narrow thoroughfares, the tall, gray houses...ancient in date and quaint in architecture, of a Continental city. (ch. 2)
In the book, he disguises as a physician (doctor) and puts Arthur Dimmesdale's treatment into his own hands in his 'quest' to exact revenge.
"In pursuance of this resolve, he took up his residence in the Puritan town, as Roger Chillingworth, without other introduction than the learning and intelligence of which he possessed more than a common measure...it was as a physician that he presented himself, and as such was cordially received. Skilful men, of the medical and chirurgical profession, were of rare occurrence in the colony." What he says:
“Ah,” replied Roger Chillingworth, with that quietness which, whether imposed or natural, marked all his deportment, “it is thus that a young clergyman is apt to speak. Youthful men, not having taken a deep root, give up their hold of life so easily! And saintly men, who walk with God on earth, would fain be away, to walk with him on the golden pavements of the New Jerusalem.” (ch. 9)
“Good men ever interpret themselves too meanly.” (ch. 9) What she says:
"'Speak thou for me!' cried she. 'Thou wast my pastor, and hadst charge of my soul, and knowest me better than these men can. I will not lose the child! Speak for me! Thou knowest, - for thou hast sympathies which these men lack! - thou knowest what is in my heart, and what are a mother's rights, and how much the stronger they are, when that mother has but her child and the scarlet letter! Look thou to it! I will not lose the child! Look to it!'" (ch. 8, pg. 104)
One of the fewest instances in which Hester actually asks for redemption, where she asks for Dimmesdale to represent her and to convince Governor Bellingham to not take away Pearl.
“'I can teach my little Pearl what I have learned from this!' answered Hester Prynne, laying her finger on the red token."
Governor Bellingham asks Hester to speak up for herself to convince him whether she should be able to keep her child Pearl despite her crime or not. The quote above is her direct response to him. What others say about her:
The townspeople claim that Pearl is "barely human" and that her father is actually the Devil himself. What she does:
She is described to have been aware of the letter 'A' ever since her infancy.
Pearl also makes Hester put the letter A back on her chest as Hester took it off, describing “the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself..." (ch. 16) What others say about him:
"At first, his expression had been calm, meditative, scholar-like. Now, there was something ugly and evil in his face, which they had not previously noticed, and which grew still the more obvious to sight, the oftener they looked upon him." (ch. 9) What other say about him:
"No sensible man, it was confessed, could doubt on which side the victory would turn. The people looked, with an unshaken hope, to see the minister come forth out of the conflict, transfigured with the glory which he would unquestionably win" (ch. 9) James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge Worst Case Main characters: Michael Bennett (NYPD), Emily Parker (FBI)
Francis Mooney: a trusts and estates lawyer suffering from terminal lung cancer. As he comes close to his life ending, he looks back on his life and career, and sees that he has given money to children and teenagers as part of their cases. He sees that they seldom use that money to contribute to society and grows tired of it, and begins on a killing rampage by murdering the teenage children of various wealthy people in New York City. He doesn't want money though, because he already has plenty of that... ...instead he wants to prove the victims' usefulness to society by asking several questions; these questions are their answer on whether or not they live. And now onto the main dish... ...and that is it!