Pearl and The Scarlet Letter

Fig. 3. "Pearl and the Scarlet Letter". Wood engraving by George M. Richards. From "The Scarlet Letter" (New York: Macmillan, 1927). Sentimentally elaborating on Hawthorne's text. Richards presents a cozy room with a sampler on the wall, balls of yarn in a basket, and a hooked rug on the floor, in which a slender Hester with downcast eyes covers her scarlet letter while a smiling Pearl with flowers in both hands gracefully dances before her.
(courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA) close window