Ch.1: The Prison-Door
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He speculates that the rosebush might have sprung up from the footsteps of Ann Hutchinson - a woman persecuted, like Hester will be. He does directly tell us, however, in the final line of the chapter that the rose symbolizes a "sweet moral blossom" to "relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow." In other words, the narrator tells us that the rose will symbolize a lesson to be learned in the midst of this tragic tale.
The rose represents the blossoming of good from darkness.
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