By P. D. James
While the quiet Little sacristy of St. Matthew's Church turns into the blood-soaked scene of a double homicide, Scotland backyard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an interesting conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, subsequent to an area derelict of the bottom order? Challenged with the research of a criminal offense that looks to have never-ending explanations, Dalgliesh explores the sinister net spun round a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who's pregnant and whole of malice--all the whereas hoping to fill the distance of good judgment that joined those disparate males in brilliant purple demise. . . .
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Moers, Ellen, ‘The Scarlet Letter: A Political Reading’, Prospects, 9 (1984), 49–70. 1 (1977), 1–26. Nissenbaum, Stephen, ‘The Firing of Nathaniel Hawthorne’, EIHC 114 (1978), 57–86. —— Introduction to The Scarlet Letter and Selected Writings, ed. S. Nissenbaum (New York, 1984). 1 (Spring 1985), 11–13. , ‘Point of View in Hawthorne’, PMLA 82 (1967), 363–9. ), The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (New York, 2005). Ragussis, Michael, ‘Family Discourse and Fiction in The Scarlet Letter’, ELH 49 (1982), 863–88.
But now, should you go thither to seek him, you would inquire in vain for the Loco-foco* Surveyor. The besom of reform has swept him out of oﬃce; and a worthier successor wears his dignity and pockets his emoluments. This old town of Salem—my native place, though I have dwelt much away from it, both in boyhood and maturer years—possesses, or did possess, a hold on my aﬀections, the force of which I have never realized during my seasons of actual residence here. Indeed, so far as its physical aspect is concerned, with its ﬂat, unvaried surface, covered chieﬂy with wooden houses, few or none of which pretend to architectural beauty,—its irregularity, which is neither picturesque nor quaint, but only tame,—its long and lazy street, lounging wearisomely through the whole extent of the peninsula, with Gallows Hill* and New Guinea* at one end, and a view of the alms-house at the other,—such being the features of my native town, it would be quite as reasonable to form a sentimental attachment to a disarranged checkerboard.
He had very good reasons to change the spelling of his name from Hathorne to Hawthorne. His ancestors were not kind, and though he felt a deep kinship with them, he was desperate to cast them oﬀ. His handling of the Puritan past is powerful in terms of the autobiographical context and its articulation in the text. And third, because no matter how hard the narrator may try to move our sympathies away from Hester, he cannot fully do so. 35 Our identiﬁcation with her is so strong that, like her, we return to The Scarlet Letter ‘of our own free will’ because it is so gorgeous, so powerful, so fascinating to look at and read.
A Taste for Death (Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, Book 7) by P. D. James