The story establishes in the seventeenth century in Boston, in a Puritan settlement. A young woman, Hester Prynne, is the force from the city jail with her little daughter, Pearl, in her arms and the scarlet letter “A” on her chest. Hester is being punished for fornication. Hester’s husband, a scholar abundant older than her, had sent her in early to the United States but never came to Boston. The consensus is certain it has been disappeared at sea. Hester will not admit the existence of her lover, after all, the scarlet letter, along with her public self-abasement, is her proof for her sin and her secret. On this day Hester is appropriated to the rope of the city and harangued by the fathers of the city, but again remains to identify the father of her son.
Particular of the spectators is the lost husband of Hester, who is now studying for medicine and who labeled himself Roger Chillingworth. He settles in Boston, with the intention of getting revenge. He does not reveal his true identity to anyone other than Hester, who has sworn to keep the secret. Several years pass. Hester keeps working as a seamstress, and Pearl becomes a naughty girl. Abandoned by the community, they animate in a small country house on the edge of Boston. Society officials try to revenue Pearl away from Hester, but, with the support of Arthur Dimmesdale, an adolescent, and eloquent parson, the mother and daughter manage to stay together. Dimmesdale, however, seems to be losing his health. Chillingworth is going to live with the sick minister in order to provide his patient with care twenty-four hours a day. Chillingworth along to assume that there may be a contact between the minister’s persecution and Hester’s secret. Alone afternoon, during the minister rest, Chillingworth detect a mark on the man’s chest, which assures it’s him that his suspicions are correct.
Dimmesdale’s psychological agony deepens, and he comes up with new tortures for himself. Meanwhile, Hester, with her charitable works and her humility, has gained a respite from the contempt of the community. One night Hester and Pearl, returning home, meet Dimmesdale trying to punish himself for his sins. Hester and Pearl conjugate alongside him, also the three join their palm. Dimmesdale r Pearl’s offer for public recognition the next day, and a meteor marks an “A” in the night sky. Hester can spy that the parson predicament is getting worse, and resolves to intervene. Talk to Chillingworth and ask him to stop tormenting Dimmesdale. Chillingworth refuses.
Hester appropriate with Dimmesdale in the woods. Former lovers prefer to fly to the outland of Europe, where they can site with Pearl as a family. They will take a boat from Boston in four days. Both feel a sense of liberation, and Hester takes off the scarlet letter and leaves her hair down. Pearl, playing close, does not notice her mother without the lyrics. The day previously the boat leaves, the resident show up for the party and Dimmesdale preaches his most eloquent sermon. Meanwhile, Hester realizes that Chillingworth knows of his plan and has booked a ticket on the same ship. Dimmesdale, leaving the church after his sermon, sees Hester and Pearl. He confesses publicly, exposing a scarlet letter burned into the flesh of his chest. He falls dead, while Pearl kisses him.
Frustrated in his revenge, Chillingworth dies a year later. Hester and Pearl leave Boston, and nobody knows what happens to them. Many years later, Hester returns alone, still with the scarlet letter, to live in her old house and resume her works of charity. He receives occasional letters from Pearl, who has married a European aristocrat and established a family of his own. When Hester dies, she is buried next to Dimmesdale. The two share a single tombstone, which bears a scarlet “A”.