Hester Prynne Monologue

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After many nights, when time sufficed for the patients to go to their rooms and have their usual unattended, miserable moans of the most horrific ideas they have concocted in their thoughts, there was more than one account of what had been witnessed in the recreational area. Most of the spectators at the time have testified to having seen, on the chest of the remorseful doctor, the scars that haunt him of his treachery of that night long ago put there by none other than the infamous Chillingsworth. As regarded its origin there were various explanations, all of which must necessarily have been gruesomely assumed. Some affirmed that Dr. Doomesdale, on the very day when Hester Prynne first arrived at the asylum, had begun a course of atonement, a bewitchment if you will.…show more content…
It is singular, nevertheless, that certain patients, who were spectators of the whole scene, and professed never once to have removed their eyes from the Dr. Doomesdale, denied that there was any scar or whatever on his chest, more than on a new-born infant. Neither, by their report, had his dying words acknowledged, nor even remotely implied, any—the slightest—connexion on his part, with the guilt for which Hester Prynne had so long worn the scarlet S. According to these deranged patients, the doctor, conscious that he was dying—conscious, also, that the relevance of his situation placed him already among demons and Satan— had undesired, by yielding up his breath in the arms of that fallen woman, to express to the world how utterly nugatory is the choicest of man’s own righteousness and how joyous is his fallen
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