[Quotes] The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter: A Romance of historical fiction by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, published in 1850. The novel tells the story of the Hester Prynne, the protagonist who conceives a daughter through an affair and then struggles to create a new life after humiliation and penalty. The book explores themes of legalism, sin and guilt. The Scarlet Letter was one of the first mass-produced books in America and inspired numerous films, television, and stage adaptations. Critics have described it as a masterwork and novelist D. H. Lawrence called it a “perfect work of the American imagination”.

 

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Some insightful quotes from The Scarlet Letter are highlighted as below:

“It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.” 

“In all her intercourse with society, however, there was nothing that made her feel as if she belonged to it… She stood apart from mortal interests, yet close beside them, like a ghost that revisits the familiar fireside, and can no longer make itself seen or felt.” 

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“It is a good lesson – though it may often be a hard one – for a man… to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.” 

“…if truth were everywhere to be shown, a scarlet letter would blaze forth on many a bosom…” 

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“There are many things in this world that a child must not ask about.” 

“In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.” 

Time to learn some collocations and expressions!

It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.

1. to the credit of/ to someone’s credit: thanks to someone or something,  it is used to show that someone or something deserves praise or respect.

  • It is to the credit of the team at Tata Motors that a car once thought impossible by the world is now a reality.
  • To his credit, Gasol doesn’t duck from the Heat, accepting full responsibility for his off play.

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She stood apart from mortal interests, yet close beside them.

2. stand apart from: to not involve yourself in something or with someone; to distinguish yourself from others.

  • I have to stand apart from a world in which people mature in a linear fashion because I’ve matured in a completely different way.
  • In order to stand apart from the other applicants during the process, one must make oneself noticeable.

how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.

3. devoid of: not having (something usual or expected); completely without (something).

  • Maldek was a utopia that was devoid of all struggle.
  • Because it’s safe herea sanctuary devoid of judgment.

It is quite easy to learn, right? But to keep them in mind deeply entails a lot of practice. Please make sentences with one of the collocations above and write down in comment! 

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