Adultery, betrayal, promiscuity, subterfuge, and
intrigue, all of which would make an excellent coming
attraction on the Hollywood scene and probably a pretty good
book. Add Puritan ideals and writing styles, making it
long, drawn out, tedious, wearisome, sleep inducing,
insipidly asinine, and the end result is The Scarlet Letter.
Despite all these things it is considered a classic and was
a statement of the era.
The Scarlet Letter is a wonderful and not so
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mellowed out the high
points of the book and expanded on the low points. In many
chapters all he manages to accomplish is to update the lives
of characters, mostly with irrelevant drivel. Also by
expanding on the symbolism of the scarlet letter umpteenth
times he wears it out so that the reader wants nothing more
to do with a dumb "A" on some woman's chest hundreds of
years ago. Other than that, great book.