On the evening of February 3, 1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne completed The Scarlet Letter. Upon finishing the last scene he read, or “tried to read it, rather” to his wife, but found this difficult task.
. . . my voice swelled and heaved, as if I were tossed up and down on an ocean as it subsides after a storm. But I was in a very nervous state then, having gone through a great diversity of emotion while writing it for many months.
The “great diversity of emotion” which impelled Hawthorne’s unrelenting work on the romance was not to remain his alone; it has been felt by modern critics as well, for the ambiguity in the novel causes them to disagree in interpreting The Scarlet Letter.
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Ernest Warren Baughman
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Delbert E. Wylder
Mitchell, Stephanie Lee. "The Narrator'S View Of Hester Prynne:A Study Of Narrative Commentary About Hester Prynne In Hawthorne'S The Scarlet Letter.." (1966). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/engl_etds/359