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Day 565


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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