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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Home Page from Eldritch Press
Hawthorne looked at him for a minute before asking him the next question. "Who sold the best apples in your town?" [Pg 48]
"Skim-milk Folsom, sir," said the boy, with glistening eye, as the old familiar by-word brought up the dear old scenes of home.
"It's all right," said Hawthorne to the clerk; "give him a passage."
But Hester had been alienated from the Puritan society, both in her physical life and spiritual life. When Dimmesdale dies, she knows she has to move on because she can no longer conform to the Puritans' strictness. Her thinking is free from religious bounds and she has established her own different moral standards and beliefs. 
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