The Scarlet Letter - Chapter 7 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 7 Summary

Hester Prynne goes to Governor Bellingham's mansion with some gloves, partially to fulfill an order, but partially to petition him to stop the talk about taking her Pearl away, owing to her infamous deed and scarlet letter. Pearl accompanies her on this mission, whereupon, while waiting, they get to see the Governor's fine house, his oaken chairs and tables, his stately portraits, embellished and gilded volumes of books, as well as a shining suit of mail, the governor's armor, which he wears on occasions of state. The Governor is a soldier as well as a legislator and ruler. As Pearl cries for a red rose from the Governor's luxurious garden, the Governor comes with some company.

Chapter 7 Analysis

This chapter subtly comments on the richness of some of the upper class Puritans' lives, showing that their lives are not without extensive, material comfort. But whether this truly...

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