Chapter two the market place
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The Puritan wives turn all their emotional and psycho-sexual repression into hate and project this hate onto Hester. Indeed, Hester has done the unthinkable, she has lived their secret desires. They sanctimoniously judge Hester, their jeers turn into malice filled with the threat of physical violence,
"At the very least, they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hester Prynne's forehead."