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FC: Nature

1: “Was a wild rose-bush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him.” (Chapter 1 pg 1) | This quote is important because it shows that when no one in society will have pity on the prisoners that nature does by showing them the beauty of the roses through all the weeds.

2: "When they found voice to speak, it was at first only to utter remarks and inquiries such as any two acquaintances might have made, about the gloomy sky, the threatening storm, and, next, the health of each. " | Significance: They are comparing the conversations to weather which is mostly gloomy and repetitive making me believe they have boring conversations.

3: “Yet hardly spoken of the infant; that little creature, whose innocent life had sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence, a lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion.” (Chapter 6 pg 74) | This quote is important because it is symbolizing Pearl as a creation of Nature who was born from a guilty sin but as herself she was pure.

4: "I know not Lethe nor Nepenthe," remarked he; "but I have learned many new secrets in the wilderness, and here is one of them--a recipe that an Indian taught me, in requital of some lessons of my own, that were as old as Paracelsus. Drink it! It may be less soothing than a sinless conscience. That I cannot give thee. But it will calm the swell and heaving of thy passion, like oil thrown on the waves of a tempestuous sea." | Significance: It talks about how the pain will at first not do anything using the remedy but there will be difference after a while; like how water and water are.

5: "It was as if a new birth, with stronger assimilations than the first, had converted the forest-land, still so uncongenial to every other pilgrim and wanderer, into Hester Prynne's wild and dreary, but life-long home." | Significance: the forest land is considered devils play but to her its like home, where she grew up.

6: “The sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself because it is afraid of something on your bosom. Now, see! There it is, playing, a good way off. Stand you here, and let me run and catch it. I am but a child. It will not flee from me; for I have nothing on my bosom yet!” (Chapter 16 pg 152) | This quote is important because its symbolizing that nature will not shine of Hester because of her sin, but Pearl thinks that the light will not hide from her for she has not yet committed a sin.

7: Physical Description | The brook symbolized Pearl's inner sadness. As well as the forest symbolizes the Devil or evil. The sunlight symbolized God as it would shine on Pearl but not Hester because she had sinned. The wild rose bush symbolized nature's pity on the prisoner, by showing its beauty through the ugliness of the weeds.

8: Affected By Society: | Nature was affected by society not only in the way that the whole township saw the forest as of the Devil or that sun light was God. It brought the flowers and sticks that gave Pearl toys as a child. It held the herbs in the forest that Chillingworth used on Dimmesdale. It gave Hester security when she was excelled from the town. It was affected in the way that it was the overall thing that had healed Pearl and Hester.

9: Chaunci H. Imani F. Reilly M.

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