The Scarlet Letter

Why does Hester return?

Scarlet Letter Chapter 24 (XXIV) Conclusion

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Hester returns to live the rest of her life in her cottage, and she becomes famous throughout the community for her help with the poor and sick. I think Hester's identity lies in this village. The place, for better or for worse, had defined her. It provided the setting where her precious Pearl was conceived and raised.