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Hawthorne mentions Anne Hutchinson only briefly, but the reference is significant. He describes her in a positive way as 'sainted' although this also comes across as ironic, in view of the hostility that she evoked among the Puritan communities of her time, and was jailed. There is no real indication of just what Hawthorne thinks of her beliefs; the main point he wishes to emphasise is that she was a strong and rebellious woman who challenged authority - particularly religious male authority - and this foreshadows Hawthorne's fictional heroine, Hester Prynne, who is introduced in the next chapter.
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