The Scarlet Letter

Another aspect of Hester's character is presented here as almost a Sister of Mercy. Report some of her deeds.

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Hester's reputation has changed over the seven years since she had Pearl. Her devotion to serving the sick and needy has given her access into almost every home, and people now interpret the A as meaning "Able" rather than "Adultery." The narrator goes so far as to state that "the scarlet letter had the effect of the cross on a nun's bosom."