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The Badge of Shame Woman it is thy badge of shame Governor Bellingham was describing the scarlet letter to Hester while they were discussing if the punishments that Hester had to go through were adequate enough for the crime Hester was living in the outskirts of the city in a small abandoned cottage for several years with the only thing that had any monetary value in her life her child and the product of committing adultery Pearl She and her little Pearl were shunned from the community for her acts In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester is punished in more than one way and she is able to deal with it openly so the community will over time forgive her The most obvious subject of punishment that Hester had to cope with is wearing the scarlet letter By the point which drew all eyes and as it were transfigured the wearer was the scarlet letter so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom Hester wrought the scarlet letter before she stood on the scaffold When Pearl asks her why she wears the letter she replies that she wears it for its gold thread Hester wears the letter for many years even after the people in the community care anymore so that she will be fully forgiven for her sin In the beginning of the story Hester is faced with serving the temporary part of her sentence standing on the scaffold in front of the whole town It was a circumstance to be noted on the summer morning when our story begins its course that the women of whom there were several in the crowd appeared to take a peculiar interest in whatever penal infliction might be expected to ensue The citizens of the town had gathered to criticize Hester as she stood on the scaffold and many of the towns women were discussing the simplicity of Hesters sentence since
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