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Chapter Five - "Hester at Her Needle,"

In Chapter Five - "Hester at Her Needle," Hawthorne only alludes once to Indians as he mentions that Hester could have found sanctuary among those who dwell in the forest and have different laws.

It may seem marvellous, that, with the world before her, --kept by no restrictive clause of her condemnation within the limits of the Puritan settlement, so remote and so obscure,--free to return to her birthplace, or to any other European land, and there hide her character and identity under a new exterior, as completely as if emerging into another state of being,--and having also the passes of the dark, inscrutable forest open to her, where the wildness of her nature might assimilate itself with a people whose customs and life were alien from the law that had condemned her,--it may seem marvellous, that this woman should still call that place her home, where, and where only, she must needs be the type of shame.



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