The Scarlett Letter

Last night I finished reading The Scarlett Letter for the first time since high school. Is better than I remember. There aren’t really entire passages I want to quote, just these spectacular turns of phrase: …having given my best years to feed the the hungry dream of knowledge……whether tenderness or terror……the hall re-echoes, and the armour rang with it —…that the destinies of nations should be revealed, in these awful hieroglyphics…since that first moment, it has all been a dark necessity.…What was it? The complaint of a human heart, sorrow-laden, perchance guilty, telling its secret, whether of guilt or sorrow,…

Vocab (courtesy of Nathanial Hawthorne)

emolument, n. 1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment; dues; reward, remuneration, salary. sere, adj. 1. a. Dry, withered. Now poet. or rhetorical. sedulous, adj. 1. Of persons or agents: Diligent, active, constant in application to the matter in hand; assiduous, persistent. deleterious, adj. Hurtful or injurious to life or health; noxious. nugatory, adj. 1. Trifling, negligible; of no intrinsic value or importance; worthless. misanthropy, n. Hatred of mankind; the character, nature, or condition of a misanthrope. catarrh, n.The profuse discharge from nose and eyes which generally accompanies a cold, and which was formerly supposed to run…