The Scarlet Letter

What is Hester's response to the announcement that the Council had debated allowing her to remove her scarlet letter?

In Ch. 14

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“It lies not in the pleasure of the magistrates to take off this badge,” calmly replied Hester. “Were I worthy to be quit of it, it would fall away of its own nature, or be transformed into something that should speak a different purport.”


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