For The Scarlet Letter, I am completing an alphabet project.  What could be used for the letter, "Q?"

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In these types of project, "Q" always poses a challenge.  "Quiet" would be one way to describe the relationship between Hester and Dimmesdale.  This could be one approach.  Another would be to use the word, "Quickly" to articulate the rapidity with which the "sin" was conceived or to describe how public reaction swung against Hester.  For her part, Hester never "quits" in remaining in the community and being a symbol for how individuals have to take accountability for their action.  "Quizzical" could be one way or approach that the modern reader could view some of the practices of Puritan Society, especially the faith offered in conformity and acting as part of the social order.  Hawthorne's view of Puritan society is one where he sees its individuals "quadriplegic" from a moral point of view in the hypocrisy and lack of courage he displays within it.  Hester seems to be the only one who is of a high level of moral "quality."

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