The Scarlet Letter

How did the poor, the ladies of Boston, the clergy, and the children treat Hester?

chapter five hester at her needle

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Hester's social life is virtually eliminated as a result of her shameful history. She is treated so poorly that often preachers will stop in the street and start to deliver a lecture as she walks by. Hester also begins to hate children, who unconsciously realize there is something different about her and thus start to follow her with "shrill cries" through the city streets. The ladies of Boston would shamefully gossip about her; the poor reviled her.

Source(s) The Scarlet Letter