Why did Hester marry her husband?
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Hester married her husband to escape her home.... to start a new life in a new world. She never loved him, and he was well aware of it.
"Thou knowest," said Hester—for, depressed as she was, she could not endure this last quiet stab at the token of her shame—"thou knowest that I was frank with thee. I felt no love, nor feigned any."
The Scarlet Letter