Give at least 2 reasons why Hester does not leave the colony in The Scarlet Letter.

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It is true that Hester will not leave the colony because she loves her fellow sinner, Pearl's father. Furthermore, his gaze seems to provide her with the only relief she can ever feel. The narrator says that she sometimes "felt an eye -- a human eye -- upon the ignominious brand, that seemed to give a momentary relief, as if half of her agony were shared." Thus, Hester's only opportunity to experience any relief from the shame of the scarlet letter is when her co-sinner looks upon it. 

Moreover, Boston "had been the scene of her guilt, and here should be the scene of her earthly punishment; and so, perchance, the torture of her daily shame would at length purge her soul, and work out another purity than that which she had lost; more saint-like, because the result of martyrdom." Hester seems to accept the Puritans' idea that she has committed a sin for which she must atone. She feels that she ought to remain in Boston and endure the punishment that is designed to offer her a chance to...

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