Brief Summary of The Scarlet Letter
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Hester Prynne has committed adultery. The town's elders affix a scarlet 'A' on her clothing and force her to withstand public humiliation in the marketplace for three hours as punishment. She must wear the letter the remainder of her days. Her only companionship is her daughter Pearl.
As she stands on the scaffold after exiting prison, she spots her husband, unseen for several years, toward the back. He visits her in her cell, asks for the name of Hester's lover, whom she will not divulge, and vows to find out himself. Hester promises not to reveal her husband's identity.
It does not take long for Roger Chillingworth to discover the other criminal, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, involved in the adulterous act. Chillingworth becomes Dimmesdale's physician and exacts his revenge.
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