Chapter Thirteen: Another View of Hester
Over time, the puritans began to forgive Hester for her moment of misjudgment. The uncomplaining way in which she accepted her punishment and did not deny her sin resulted in a feeling of benevolence to grow in the other colonist's hearts. Her good deeds for those who are ill or dying inspire thought of removing the scarlet letter, within the colony. However, Hester can not move past her sin. She continues to focus on how removed she is from society, and how she does not deserve to return into society's good graces. Hester has been removed from society for so long that she has numbed herself to its opinion of her.