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''Had there been a Papist among the crowd of Puritans, he might have seen in this beautiful woman, so picturesque in her attire and mien, and with the infant at her bosom, an object to remind him of the image of Divine Maternity.'' (Hawthorne 48)
''The walls were hung round with tapestry, said to be from the Gobelin looms, and, at all events, representing the Scriptual story of David and Bathsheba, and Nathan the prophet.'' (Hawthorne 104)
''I fear! I fear! It may be, that, when we forgot our God,--when we violated our reverence each for the other's soul,--it was vain to hope that we could meet hereafter, in an everlasting and pure reunion.'' (Hawthorne 209-210)
This quote is when Hester is holding baby Pearl . This refers biblically to baby Jesus's mother, Mary of Nazareth, when she holds Jesus. Hester can most closely relate to Mary, baby Jesus's mother, and Pearl can most closely relate to baby Jesus.
What Dimmesdale is saying in this quote is that it is impossible for him and Hester to always love each other; Dimmesdale is torn at the fact that he has let Hester suffer for so long while he has been a coward for all of these years, and he has let Chillingworth bring him more suffering.
This quote is about Dimmesdale's study, which has tapestries that represent the Biblical story of the King known as David. David had an affair with a woman known as Bathsheeba, and David sends Bathsheeba's husband to war to be killed. Nathan is a prophet who knows the secret of David. In the Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale is seen as David, Hester as Bathsheeba, and Chillingworth as Nathan.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's the ''Scarlet Letter'', Hawthorne uses many biblical allusions to grasp the audience ethically and emotionally, as well as to portray the history of the Puritan society correctly. The Puritans were a group of people who lived in Massachussetts during the 1600's who were very strict religiously and persecuted many heretics who did not believe in Christianity.
''The Scarlet Letter Biblical Allusions''
''The Scarlet Letter'' Biblical Allusions
English III AP-2