The Scarlet Letter
- Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- ISBN: 9780199537808
Roger Chillingworth, an aging scholar, returns to Puritan Boston and finds a crowd gathered to witness an official punishment. He spots a young woman holding a baby, whom he recognises as his wife, Hester Prynne, standing on the platform. Hester has been found guilty of "the most sinful Act". She refuses to reveal the father of her child and so, is ordered to wear the Scarlet letter 'A' for the rest of her life as a mark of shame. Hester accepts her punishment and struggles to create a new life for her daughter Pearl. For the next seven years, she endures the accusing stares of the society, but holds her head high through the trials and tribulations. Reverend Dimmesdale, Hester's pastor, is the only person who empathises with her. Meanwhile, Roger Chillingworth is full of vengeance and determined to exact revenge from Hester's lover. The Scarlet Letter tells the tale of Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale as they struggle with their internal conflicts in the morally rigid 17th century society.