The Scarlet Letter

According to whispers, what effect did the letter have in the dark passage of the prison Why would Hawthorne add this bit of imagery here?

Talks about rose bush in prison which is a sign of hope and why would he use it here

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It was whispered, by those who peered after her, that the scarlet letter threw a lurid gleam along the dark passage-way of the interior.


The Scarlet Letter