Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynnel the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.(Blurb from the back of the book)
Though I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of thirteen, I think that mid to late teens would enjoy this book. And the lesson it teaches. Though the subject matter is distasteful, the craftsmanship of his sentences is masterful, his word choice excellent. Hawthorne is one of my favorite American authors.
Meet the Characters:
Hester Prynne: The guilty. The bearer of the scarlet letter. Skilled with her hands in all areas of sewing and needlework. The mother of little Pearl.
Pearl: The child of Hester Prynne. At times she seems in her play and in her attitude, other wordly and elfish.
Reverend Dimmersdale: The preacher of the town in which the town our story is set. He ails from a mysterious illness, and is only helped by the mysterious, Roger Chillingworth.
Roger Chillingworth: Vengefull, secretive, and as his name suggests, chilling. Roger Chillingworth, is an apothecary of sorts. He gathers herbs in the forest and his main patient is the Reverend Dimmersdale. He know Hester Prynne. But how?
I loved this book for it’s excellent construction in vocabulary and sentences. But I did not exactly like its subject matter.
Adéu -Wysteria Campion