The Scarlet Letter

How has the symbol of the scarlet letter changed?

Scarlet Letter Chapter 13 (XIII) Another view of Hester

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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."