In this fictitious prequel and
sequel to Nathaniel Hawthorne's THE SCARLET LETTER, the interwoven
lives of Hawthorne's four principles: Pearl Pyrnne, her
mother Hester, her father Arthur Dimmesdale, and the mysterious Roger
Chillingworth, are revealed
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woman!” said another voice coldly and sternly, proceeding from the
crowd about the scaffold. “Speak and give your child a father!”
“I will not speak!” answered Hester, turning pale
death but responding to this voice, which she too surely recognized.
“And my child must seek a heavenly Father; she shall never know an
“She will not speak!” murmured Mr. Dimmesdale,
leaning over the balcony with his hand upon his heart, had awaited the
result of his appeal. He now drew back with a long respiration.
“Wondrous strength and generosity of a woman’s heart! She will not
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