The Scarlet LetterNathaniel Hawthorne
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THE SCARLET LETTER.
BOSTON: JAMES R. OSGOOD AND COMPANY, LATE TICKNOR & FIELDS, AND FIELDS, OSGOOD, & CO. 1878.
COPYRIGHT, 1850 AND 1877. BY NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE AND JAMES R. OSGOOD & CO.
_All rights reserved._ October 22, 1874.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
Much to the author's surprise, and (if he may say so withoutadditional offence) considerably to his amusement, he finds that hissketch of official life, introductory to THE SCARLET LETTER, hascreated an unprecedented excitement in the respectable communityimmediately around him. It could hardly have been more violent,indeed, had he burned down the Custom-House, and quenched its lastsmoking ember in the blood of a certain venerable personage, againstwhom he is supposed to cherish a peculiar malevolence. As the publicdisapprobation would weigh very heavily on him, were he conscious ofdeserving it, the author begs leave to say, that he has carefully readover the introductory pages, with a purpose to alter or expungewhatever might be found amiss, and to make the best reparation in hispower for the atrocities of which he has been adjudged guilty. But itappears to him, that the only remarkable features of the sketch areits frank and genuine good-humor, and the general accuracy with whichhe has conveyed his sincere impressions of the characters thereindescribed. As to enmity, or ill-feeling of any kind, personal orpolitical, he utterly disclaims such motives. The sketch might,perhaps, have been wholly omitted, without loss to the public, ordetriment to the book; but, having undertaken to write it, heconceives that it could not have been done in a better or a kindlierspirit, nor, so far as his abilities availed, with a livelier effectof truth.
The author is constrained, therefore, to republish his introductorysketch without the change of a word.
SALEM, March 30, 1850.
THE CUSTOM HOUSE.--INTRODUCTORY 1
THE SCARLET LETTER.
I. THE PRISON-DOOR 51
II. THE MARKET-PLACE 54
III. THE RECOGNITION 68
IV. THE INTERVIEW 80
V. HESTER AT HER NEEDLE 90
VI. PEARL 104
VII. THE GOVERNOR'S HALL 118
VIII. THE ELF-CHILD AND THE MINISTER 129
IX. THE LEECH 142
X. THE LEECH AND HIS PATIENT 155
XI. THE INTERIOR OF A HEART 168
XII. THE MINISTER'S VIGIL 177
XIII. ANOTHER VIEW OF HESTER 193
XIV. HESTER AND THE PHYSICIAN 204
XV. HESTER AND PEARL 212
XVI. A FOREST WALK 223
XVII. THE PASTOR AND HIS PARISHIONER 231
XVIII. A FLOOD OF SUNSHINE 245
XIX. THE CHILD AT THE BROOK-SIDE 253
XX. THE MINISTER IN A MAZE 264
XXI. THE NEW ENGLAND HOLIDAY 277
XXII. THE PROCESSION 288
XXIII. THE REVELATION OF THE SCARLET LETTER 302
XXIV. CONCLUSION 315