The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter Chapter 13 Quotes
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It was none the less a fact, however, that, in the eyes of the very men who spoke thus, the scarlet letter had the effect of the cross on a nun's bosom. (13.35)
Hester's scarlet letter might be the community's version of justice, but it ends up being a judgment on them: she shows up the community by being better than all of them.