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Mar 19, 2012
The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


One should pick up Hawthorne every so often just to remind self how dumbed-down our language has become.  Yea, verily!  To my embarrassment, I had to look up several words during this re-reading.  *sigh*  'Tis shameful!

Who can but give 5 stars to this book?  A story so wonderfully told about so poignant a subject.  My heart fairly bled for yon Hester Prynne and little Pearl.  Conversely, I'd like to slap a backbone on the good Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale.  And yet, as ever again with this reading, the good man gets his comeuppance and marshals himself to do that right thing in the end.  Not that it helps Hester Prynne or little Pearl.  In a wonderful twist of fate, 'tis old Roger Chillingworth who provides for them, the old toad.

If you haven't picked up "The Scarlet Letter" since your 10th grade English teacher demanded it, do yourself a favor and indulge in a literary treat.  Do so with a dictionary within reach.

1 comments:

Elaine Marie Cooper said...

Verily, our modern language has most assuredly "Dumbed down"! I need to re-read this work of Hawthorne's as well. Thanks for the great review!