The Quartet Behind The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne had many different characters in his novel The Scarlet Letter, but very few of them are actually put
to use. In fact, only four of them really count. They are Hester Prynne, Pearl, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger
Chillingworth. They all have their own meanings. For example, Hester is for love, Dimmesdale is the spirit, and
Chillingworth is the mind (Roper 112). Each member of the four has a
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