No, not the little red "x" that means a picture link is broken.The Scarlet Letter is a romance written by 19th-century author Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was adapted into a very good silent movie in 1926 with Lillian Gish, and a very bad 1995 film with Demi Moore cast as Hester.It's 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts. Life is difficult to eke out in a strange and hostile New World. Among a community that adheres to a strict faith, Hester Prynne, a young Englishwoman sent to the colonies ahead of her much older husband (whose whereabouts are unknown), has had a child out of wedlock. Released from prison two months after the shameful birth, she refuses to disclose the name of the child's father. As punishment, the Puritans force her to wear a scarlet letter on her breast: A, for adulteress.Humiliated and ostracized, Hester raises Pearl, the child of her love affair. Throughout the book, we receive hints that Pearl may not be entirely human. Her demonic leanings do not go unnoticed by Hester, nor by the community at large.On the day on which Hester receives her scarlet letter, another surprise appears: Roger Chillingworth, Hester's long-lost husband. Chillingworth arrives in the settlement and takes up residence with Arthur Dimmesdale, the local minister, and begins to prey on him.So begins a series of dark transformations in a tale of guilt, remorse, and human weakness.
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