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es of the World Market across the street were visible only through a small window in the shop. I’d never been inside, but I had imagined it would smell like spices and jewel-toned velvet drapes would cover the walls. Catching me in my daydream, my mom would walk over to me with her fresh manicure and gently rub my shoulder as I stood there in the aisle. She’d check her phone every so often and look over her shoulder to see if she’d recognize anyone who’d walk in. We were only a mile from my school after all and my mom is the social type who can be friends with anybody.

Going to the set was like a dream, but that came with its fair share of odd situations. Not only was I tasked with dutch dancing in front of a crowd of hundreds, something I had never even tried in the comfort of my own home, but I was also dressed in a boy’s outfit for half of the time filming. “Your navy pants and green plaid coat are at least more comfortable than the ankle length dress,” Ronda, the costume designer, would say. And she was absolutely right, when I had to wear the three layer blue dress in the Clarksville heat, I could feel myself melting into hot, sticky pavement.

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Although she loves Pearl and valiantly fights for her right to keep her, she is also led to believe that Pearl represents her misdeed and may even be evil because of it. Scholar Lois Cuddy suggests that “the community cannot discern the internal storm beneath Hester’s “haughty” demeanor” (Cuddy 104). However, she is far from haughty, specifically in her act of continuously wearing the scarlet letter through her life, despite the negative attention it brings her. Hester is conditioned by her community to live in shame and solitude because of the supposed offense of bringing a life into the world while unmarried.

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