History Literature / TheScarletLetter

11th Jul '16 6:28:41 PM LaStella
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** Chillingworth has a very chilling personality.

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** Chillingworth has a very chilling personality. Considering that this is not his real name (he is the husband of Hester ''Prynne'', after all) and given some of his narration, it seems that he understood it himself and chose a name accordingly.



* UnreliableNarrator: According to the preface, the narrator is basing his novel is based on a historical record. Obviously he is making most of it up, including almost all of the dialogue, since all the eyewitnesses to these meetings are dead by the end of the novel.

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* UnreliableNarrator: According to the preface, the narrator is basing his novel is based on a historical record. Obviously he is making most of it up, including almost all of the dialogue, since all the eyewitnesses to these meetings are dead by the end of the novel.
11th Jul '16 6:21:10 PM LaStella
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Although Hester is never again welcomed by the community after her disgrace, she works hard and thanklessly to provide for and help anyone in need in the community, to the point where people start to say that her "A" stands for "able" or "admirable" -- although Hester herself never forgets what it really means.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Although Hester is never again welcomed by the community after her disgrace, she works hard and thanklessly to provide for and help anyone in need in the community, to the point where people start to say that her "A" stands for something like "able" or "admirable" -- although Hester herself never forgets what it really means.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Mr. Bellingham, Mrs. Hibbins and Governor Winthrop were real. It is unknown whether the real Mistress Hibbins was Bellingham's brother.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Mr. Bellingham, Mrs. Hibbins and Governor Winthrop were real. It is unknown whether the real Mistress Hibbins was Bellingham's brother.sister.
18th Jun '16 6:58:08 PM molokai198
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* CueTheSun: When Hester and Dimmesdale are talking in the forest and the former throws aside the scarlet letter, the sun lights up the forest.


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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Pearl. At one point a bunch of animals all act affectionately to her. At the point when a wolf walks up to her and nuzzles her, the narrator interrupts to say that this part is probably an exaggeration.
14th Jun '16 8:36:02 AM LentilSandEater
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Played straight, then averted. Although Hester is never again welcomed by the community after her disgrace, she works hard and thanklessly to provide for and help anyone in need in the community, to the point where people start to say that her "A" stands for "able" or "admirable" -- although Hester herself never forgets what it really means.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Played straight, then averted. Although Hester is never again welcomed by the community after her disgrace, she works hard and thanklessly to provide for and help anyone in need in the community, to the point where people start to say that her "A" stands for "able" or "admirable" -- although Hester herself never forgets what it really means.
11th Jun '16 6:22:28 PM molokai198
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* CaptainObvious: "The moment when a man's head drops off is seldom, or never, I am inclined to think, precisely the most agreeable of his life.



* GenteelPoverty: Hester's family in England is this.



* {{Metaphorgotten}}: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the narrator in the opening, when he goes on about him being removed from office in the custom-house being like [[OffWithHisHead having his head cut off]]. Eventually, he just says "So much for my figurative self".
* MethuselahSyndrome: The Inspector of the Customs-house is 80 years old, but completely healthy and only dies later in a horse accident.



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11th Nov '15 7:46:34 AM DoctorCooper
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%%* ThePenance

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%%* ThePenance* ThePenance: Dimmesdale punishes himself with [[ATasteOfTheLash whippings]], fastings and vigils.
10th Nov '15 2:27:47 PM DoctorCooper
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* PublicExectution: Mistress Hibbins' eventual execution.

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* PublicExectution: PublicExecution: Mistress Hibbins' eventual execution.



* UglyGuyHotWife: Hester is beautiful, but both Dimmesdale and Chillingworth aren´t.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Hester is beautiful, but while both Dimmesdale and Chillingworth aren´t.
10th Nov '15 2:11:27 PM DoctorCooper
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%%* AntiVillain: Chillingworth.

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%%* * AntiVillain: Chillingworth.Chillingworth. While he wants revenge, he also has used his knowledge of medicine for benefit of the people, forgives Hester, heals her and her child in the prison and then saves Dimmesdale's life. However, he attacks Dimmesdale to torture him as a revenge.



* CassandraTruth: At one point, Pearl suggests that Hester wears the scarlet letter for the same reason Dimmesdale keeps his hand over his heart. Hester thinks this is absurd, but later it is revealed that Dimmesdale has tortured himself by searing a letter "A" over his heart, implying that he ''is'' Pearl's father.

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* CassandraTruth: At one point, Pearl suggests that Hester wears the scarlet letter for the same reason Dimmesdale keeps his hand over his heart. Hester thinks this is absurd, but later it is revealed that Dimmesdale has tortured himself by searing a letter "A" over his heart, implying meaning that he ''is'' Pearl's father.



* PublicExectution: Mistress Hibbins' eventual execution.



* RedEyesTakeWarning: Chillingworth

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* RedEyesTakeWarning: ChillingworthChillingworth's eyes eventually become red.
10th Nov '15 2:04:11 PM DoctorCooper
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Mr. Bellingham, Mrs. Hibbins and Governor Winthrop were real. It is unknown whether the real Mistress Hibbins was Bellingham's brother.
8th Nov '15 8:06:49 PM DoctorCooper
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* BeardOfEvil: Roger Chillingworth has a beard and is seeking revenge.
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