Super brief Summary:
The novel starts off with some narrator going through some boxes in a customs house in Salem. He finds some
manuscripts and a scarlet patch with a golden letter "A".
Hester and Pearl are taken from the prison to the scaffold for public mortification. The crowd discusses
how she committed adultery with an unknown man while her husband was "lost at sea." Her daughter, Pearl, was a result of this.
While on the scaffold, Hester's husband is in the crowd taking the alias Roger Chillingworth, medicine practicioner.
Several years pass, Hester and Pearl live in the outskirts of the Boston town. Hester has supporter herself
and her daughter by working as a streamstress. Town officials try to take away Pearl from her until Reverend Dimmesdale, popular
figure and eloquent speaker convines otherwise. Dimmesdale has developed a strange heart condition, which Chillingworth emphatically
offers to help. The two live in each others company and Chillingworth discovers that Dimmesdale is Pearl's father.
Dimmesdale is on the brink of insanity, and one day Hester and Pearl see him on top of the town scaffold,
asking forgiveness of his sins. The three then hold holds and ask forgivess together. It is noted that a metero marks a scarlet
"A" in the sky.
Hester and Dimmesdale meet in the forest (symbolizing evil and wildness) and decide to flee to Europe to
start a new life. The day prior to the leaving of their ship, Dimmesdale delivers another sermon. Chillingworth, who basically
stalks the two, has learned that the two are trying to escape. When Dimmesdale meets with Hester and Pearl the very same day,
he impetuously confesses his sins. He then falls to the wooden scaffold and dies.
Chillingworth's life is over. He had dedicated it to the torture of Dimmesdale. Now that Dimmesdale's life
is over, his is also. He dies a year later. Hester and Pearl move out of Boston and not much is ever heard from her again.
Several years later Hester returns to her old cottage. Pearl has married an European aristocrat and has her own family. She
writes occasionaly to her mother. Hester dies and is buried next to Dimmesdale. The two share a tomb engraved with the letter