The Scarlet Letter Author:Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter — On the scaffold in her marketplace, Hester Prynne stands - her dark hair shining, her beautiful face dignified despite the burden of her shame. — In her arms, she carries a crying child. On her heart, she wears an emblem that will mark her for the rest of her days. — Amid the restless crowd that mocks and rejects Hester, her p... more »artner stands - his secret hidden under the mantle of respectability. Hester will not reveal his name... but will the weight of his terrible secret be more than he can bear?