The Scarlet Letter

What words does Hawthorne use to describe Hester (physically), her behavior, her thoughts (about her past and present circumstance)? To what effect?

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In terms of her physical stature, Hawthorne is careful to describe Hester as a very sober yet beautiful woman:

"The young woman was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance, on a large scale. She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam, and a face which, besides being beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion, had the impressiveness belonging to a marked brow and deep black eyes. She was lady-like, too, after the manner of the feminine gentility of those days."