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					                                   The Scarlet Letter, Chapters 11-12
For each quote:
Read a paragraph before and a paragraph after your quote before answering the following:
       1) Summarize: Explain the quote in your own words. Explain the significance based
           on what happens before and after. Take into account character motivation for
           influencing actions or hidden intentions.
       2) Question: Write at least 3 questions in response to the quote. These can address
           confusing parts, character motivations, or something you want to learn more about.
       3) Predict: Make at least 3 predictions based on the quote and how it relates to the story.
           These predictions should anticipate what will happen next.
       4) Connect: Make a connection between the quote in the story to a greater theme(s) in
           the story. Or connect the quote to something greater that it represents or symbolizes.
Example
 “Calm, gentle, passionless as he appeared, there was yet, we fear, a quiet depth of malice, hitherto latent,
but active now, in this unfortunate old man, which led him to imagine a more intimate revenge than any
mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy. To make himself the one trusted friend to whom should be
confided all the fear, the remorse, the agony, the ineffectual repentance, the backward rush of sinful
thoughts, expelled in vain! All that guilty sorrow, hidden from the world, whose great heart would have
pitied and forgiven, to be revealed to him, the Pitiless, to him, the Unforgiving! All the dark treasure to
be lavished on the very man to whom nothing else could so adequately pay the debt of vengeance!” (Ch
11 page 136)
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Group 1: Dimmesdale Preaches
“Not improbably, it was to this latter class of men that Mr. Dimmesdale, by many of his trait of character,
naturally belonged. To the high mountain peaks of faith and sanctity he would have climbed, had not the
tendency been thwarted by the burden, whatever it might be, of crime or anguish, beneath which it was his
doom to totter. It kept him down, on a level with the lowest; him, the man of ethereal attributes, whose
voices the angels might else have listened to and answered! But this very burden it was that gave him
sympathies so intimate with the sinful brotherhood of mankind; so that his heart vibrated in unison with
theirs, and received their pain into itself…..they deemed the young clergyman a miracle of holiness” (Ch 11
pg 139)
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Group 2: Dimmesdale’s Vision
“Now it was a herd of diabolic shapes that grinned and mocked at the pale minister and beckoned him
away with them; now a group of shining angels, who flew upward heavily, as sorrow-laden, but grew
more ethereal as they rose…And now, through the chamber which these spectral thoughts had made so
ghastly, glided Hester Prynne, leading along little Pearl in her scarlet garb, and pointing her forefinger,
first at the scarlet letter on her bosom, and then at the clergyman’s own breast…But, for all that, they
were, in one sense, the truest and most substantial things which the poor minister now dealt with” (End
of Chapter 11, pg 142)
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Group 3: Shriek on Scaffold
“And thus, while standing on the scaffold, in this vain show of expiation, Mr. Dimmesdale was overcome
with a great horror of mind, as if the universe were gazing at a scarlet token on his naked breast, right
over his heart. On that spot, in very truth, there was, and there had long been, the gnawing and
poisonous tooth of bodily pain. Without any effort of his will or power to restrain himself, he shrieked
aloud; an outcry that went pealing through the night…” (Ch 12, page 144).
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Group 4: Electric Chain
“The minister felt for the child’s other hand, and took it. The moment that he did so, there came what
seemed a tumultuous rush of new life, other life than his own, pouring like a torrent into his heart and
hurrying through all his veins, as if the mother and the child were communicating their vital warmth to
his half-torpid system. The three formed an electric chain… “I shall, indeed, stand with thy mother and
thee one other day, but not tomorrow.”” (Ch 12, pg 150).
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Group 5: Meteor
pages 150-155
“We impute it, therefore, solely to the disease in his own eye and heart, that the minister, looking upward
to the zenith, beheld there the appearance of an immense letter – the letter “A”- marked out in lines of
dull red light. Not but the meteor may have shown itself at that point, burning duskily through a veil of
cloud; but with no such shape as his guilty imagination gave it; or, at least with so little definiteness, that
another’s guilt might have seen another symbol in it” (Ch 12, pg 152).
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                            The Scarlet Letter: Chapters 11-12 Notes
Quote               Notes – make sure you understand deeper meaning
Group 1:
Dimmesdale
Preaches

Chapter 11




Group 2: Vision

Chapter 11




Group 3: Shriek
on Scaffold

Chapter 12




Group 4: Electric
Chain

Chapter 12




Group 5: Meteor

Chapter 12

				
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