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Analysis & Themes
About three years pass. Hester, now free from prison, decides not to leave Boston. She takes Pearl to live in an abandoned cabin on the outskirts of town.
Hester supports herself as a seamstress. The same people who pay her for her work, including Governor Bellingham, continue to shun her.
Hester grows increasingly lonely. Pearl, her only companion, is a constant reminder of the source of her alienation: sin. Hester is determined to keep the meaning of the scarlet letter a secret from Pearl.