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    The Scarlet Letter

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    My assignment is to select a passage that describes the meaning of the entire novel. I need some help to get me started.

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    I am not sure there is one passage that does this, but this one is very important:
    But Hester Prynne, with a mind of native courage and activity, and for so long a period not merely estranged, but outlawed, from society, had habituated herself to such latitude of speculation as was altogether foreign to the clergyman. She had wandered, without rule or guidance, in a moral wilderness. . . . The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had ...

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    The meaning of The Scarlet Letter is summed up in one passage from the book.