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T H E S C A R L E TL E T T E R
leiter on her bosomis The woman who wearsthe scarlet a woman without friends, a woman who has sinned' peopleturn their faces Fingerspoint at her, respectable away from her, the priestsspeakhard words about her' night and day. follows in her footsteps, Shame The Puritans this Because is New Englandin the 1600s. of the havecrossed seato the shores America,buildingtheir religion and their their new towns' bringing with them from the old country. And in the early customs the of in yearsof Boston, the state Massachusetts, church is strong- and unforgiving.Anyonewho breaksthe laws of the church,and of God, must be punished. But Hester Prynne,whose husbandis not her baby's father,did not sin alone.ITho is the father of her child? 'Why doeshe notspeakout?'uflhyshouldHesterwear the Is and letterof shame, not her lover? he not guilty scarlet : too?

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The Scarlet Letter
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Series Editor: Jennifer Bassett Founder Editor: Tricia Hedge Activities Editors: Jennifer Bassettand Christine Lindop

NATHANIEL

HA'ITTHORNE

The ScarletLetter

Retold by John Escottlllustrated by Thomas Sperling

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my Salem, home town . . . 1 Hester Prynne'sshame z RogerChillingworth's secret A fatherless child 4 A man sent by the devil 5 A night on the scaffold the 6 Hestermeets enemy 7 A walk in the forest 8 Hope for the future
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Escape

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