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After a time, because of Hester’s charity and good works, many refuse to interpret the scarlet A by its original meaning. What do these people say the A stands for?


After a time, because of Hester’s charity and good works, many refuse to interpret the scarlet A by its original meaning. These people say the A stands for “Able” because of the “helpfulness [that] was found in her” (113).


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3. After a time, because of Hester’s charity and good works, many refuse to interpret the scarlet A by its original meaning. What do these people say the A stands for?