How does the attitude of the townspeople toward Hester change over the 7 years?

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During the seven years Hester wears the scarlet letter the town's perception of her changes.  As she sews for the town, takes care of the poor, and helps those in need, the town even suggests that the letter no longer stands of adultery, but stands for able.  The townspeople are also no longer embarrassed by their neighbor; instead, they use her as a success story for visitors from other towns.  They point to her transformation as a sign of what they have done well, and they even begin to discuss that it might be time for her to remove the letter.  Hester stays above all of the idle gossip and continues living her life for herself and her daughter.  She believes it is not up to the town when the letter should come off.


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