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Quotations from
The Scarlet Letter by
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850


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One token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter II "The Market-Place"


Ah, but let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter II "The Market-Place"


In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvellous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter II "The Market-Place"


A bodily disease, which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter X "The Leech and His Patient"


A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XII "The Ministerís Vigil"


It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.  Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XIII "Another View of Hester"


Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!  Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XV "Hester and Pearl"


She had wandered, without rule or guidance, into a moral wilderness.  Her intellect and heart had their home, as it were, in desert places, where she roamed as freely as the wild Indian in his woods.  The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread.  Shame, Despair, Solitude!  These had been her teachers - stern and wild ones - and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XVIII "A Flood of Sunshine"


But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XVIII "A Flood of Sunshine"


She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XVIII "A Flood of Sunshine"


No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XX "The Minister in a Maze"



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