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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Scarlet Letter by T. H. Matteson, public domain image

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Total running time: 9 hours, 11 minutes

Summary: The story begins in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, then a Puritan settlement. A young woman, Hester Prynne, is led from the town prison with her infant daughter, Pearl, in her arms and the scarlet letter “A” on her breast. The scarlet letter “A” represents the act of adultery that she has committed; it is to be a symbol of her sin for all to see. She will not reveal her lover’s identity, however, and the scarlet letter, along with her public shaming, is her punishment for her sin and her secrecy. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia for Librivox)

Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, painted by Charles Osgood, public domain image

# 00a – The Custom-House, Pt 1 – 00:51:22

# 00b – The Custom-House, Pt 2 – 00:46:47

# 01 – The Prison Door – 00:03:13

# 02 – The Market Place – 00:20:30

# 03 – The Recognition – 00:21:26

# 04 – The Interview – 00:16:55

# 05 – Hester at Her Needle – 00:21:16

# 06 – Pearl – 00:22:31

# 07 – The Governor’s Hall – 00:16:13

# 08 – The Elf-Child and the Minister – 00:18:33

# 09 – The Leech – 00:22:08

# 10 – The Leech and his Patient – 00:23:08

# 11 – The Interior of a Heart – 00:17:33

# 12 – The Minister’s Vigil – 00:25:53

# 13 – Another view of Hester – 00:20:13

# 14 – Hester and the Physician – 00:15:08

# 15 – Hester and Pearl – 00:15:30

# 16 – A Forest Walk – 00:14:18

# 17 – The Pastor and his Parishioner – 00:26:41

# 18 – A Flood of Sunshine – 00:14:03

# 19 – The Child at the Brook-Side – 00:16:29

# 20 – The Minister in a Maze – 00:21:08

# 21 – The New England Holiday – 00:19:01

# 22 – The Procession – 00:29:14

# 23 – The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter – 00:16:42

# 24 – Conclusion – 00:14:44

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Posted in 19th Century Literature and American Literature and Challenge I and Classical Conversations and CLEP/AP Literature and Empires and High School and High School Literature 10 years, 9 months ago at 11:25 pm.

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