1. Hester Prynne is standing on a scaffold in front of a crowd of townspeople with her baby in her arms and she spots a man in the crowd who shocks her. The man who shocks her is her learned husband who sent her to New England ahead of him two years before. CHARACTERS 2. Hester’s husband actually spotted her before she spotted him in the crowd, and in those moments before they saw each other a look of horror came across his face instantaneously as he realized that it was his wife on the scaffold. But he quickly concealed it. And - Hester Prynne: The when they did look at each other, the stranger to the town put a finger to his lips. main character of the story. She lives in a Puritan town in 3. The Stranger asks a person in the crowd what was going on, and he gets caught up on how Hester had an affair New England, where she was sent and conceived a child with a man that she will not name. And that she is now serving her punishment of public humiliation and that she is sentenced to wear an “A” for adulterer on her chest for the rest by her husband who said he would of her life. The stranger thinks that’s the man in the affair must be found. follow her there. Two years later, she VOCABULARY stands on a scaffold in front of the entire town 4. Reverend Mr. Dimmsedale, a young and well-spoken minister, is chosen to try with a child in her arms as punishment for - furrowed: (n) and convince Hester to reveal her fellow sinner, but she refuses. She says having an affair and having this child as a result a narrow groove made in the ground, her daughter will know a heavenly father and not an earthly one. while her husband never joined her. especially by a plow.
- The stranger: Among many in the crowd, Hester spots him specifically and is filled with a sense of unease and fear. The man is described as one similar to her husband who she left in England. He makes a motion directed at Hester telling her to keep his secret. - Governor Bellingham: Present at Hester’s punishment, he was a wealthy and elderly gentleman who spent much of his time consulting with the other town fathers. - Reverend John Wilson: Boston’s elder clergyman, Reverend Wilson is scholarly yet grandfatherly. He is a stereotypical Puritan father,

Scarlet Letter CH 3
By: Aria Perez-Theisen LITERARY ELEMENTS

- heterogeneous: (adj) having its source or origin outside th e organism; having a foreignorigin. - obstinacy: (n) unyielding or stubborn adherence to one's purpose, opinion,etc. -sojourn: (n) A temporary stay. -peradventure: (n) Chance, doubt, or uncertaintity.

- Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale: Dimmesdale is a young man who achieved fame in England as a theologian and then emigrated to America. Is seen in this chapter for trying to persuade Hester to reveal the man in the affair.

1. Subplot: as Hester’s story is told of her self standing on the scaffold, a secondary Plot for the stranger unfolds

2. Analogy: By describing the stranger in a way that is similar to a previous description of Hester Prynne’s husband, you can find analogies in this chapter 3. Unlimited: one can see that the narrator gives the reader a view into more than one characters mind

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