Women in the crowd: Puritan women who comment on Hester’s punishment
The town beadle: the official who publicly pronounces Hester’s punishment
Hester Prynne: a young Englishwoman who, although her husband has been absent for two years, has given birth to a daughter
Pearl: Hester’s infant daughter
After the narrator tells of earlier punishments carried out upon the scaffold, our attention is focused upon several Puritan women in the waiting crowd and their reactions to Hester’s...
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