QUOTES from THE SCARLET LETTER
Read closely, and make note of the following quotes:
(1) who said it; (2) when it was said (what was the situation); (3) what is the significance meaning importance to the ENTIRE WORK; (4) does it relate to character, theme, symbolism, irony, foreshadowing imagery, etc.
“Never!. . . And would that I might endure his agony, as well as mine!”
“Thou wasn’t not bold!- thou wast not true!. . . Thou wouldst not promise to take my hand, and my mother’s hand, to-morrow noontide!”
“Let the black flower blossom as it may!”
“Truly, friend, and me thinks it must gladden your heart, after your troubles, and sojourn in the wilderness. . . to find yourself in a land where iniquity is searched out and punished as here in our godly New England.”
“But he will be known! - he will be known!- he will be known!”
“The door of the jail being flung open from within, there appeared, in the first place, like a black shadow emerging into the sunshine, the grim and grisly presence of the town beadle”
“He was violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of the human heart.”
“What we did had a consecration of its own.
“There was no one place so secret, no high place nor lowly place, where thou couldst have escaped me, - save on this very scaffold.”
“Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred.”