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Alone, yet Together: Fighting the Fight

“She stood apart from moral interest, yet close beside them, like a ghost that revisits the familiar fireside, and can no longer make itself seen or felt; no more smile with the household joy, not mourn with the kindred sorrow; or, should it succeed in manifesting its forbidden sympathy, awakening only terror and horrible repugnance.”

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter is a classic, about a woman Hester Prynne whose cheating scandal causes her as well as her child to be ostracized from society. The arrival of her then-husband as well as the burden on the man who had the affair with Hester adds nuances to the entire story. The sprightly child of Hester’s conceived from a wrongful act adds a basis of imagination and fantasy to the plot.

But that’s not the important part of The Scarlet Letter.

Hester Prynne and her child were forced to live away from society. They lived in the forest, only coming out to town to buy supplies, but still had to shoulder the burden of judging stares.

Living away from each other is exactly what we are all going through right now.

We are all Hester Prynne, forced to undergo our own isolation from society.

But we are all strong like Hester Prynne.

We will survive this.

She survived it, despite the loss of her lover, having to deal with the burden of the scarlet letter hanging on her breast, and having to deal with a husband whose very core of his soul was sold to the devil.

With the coronavirus knocking at our doors, that is what the very least we can do. Survive.

Survive like Hester Prynne.

Live like Hester Prynne.

Fight like Hester Prynne.

Lots of love, and keep living,

Jess

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