Harriet’s Houses

  title={Harriet’s Houses},
  author={John L. Gatta},
  journal={Sewanee Review},
  pages={493 - 502}
  • J. Gatta
  • Published 11 August 2015
  • History
  • Sewanee Review
forced on her had taken hold: “Her sin, her ignominy, were the roots which she had struck into the soil.” And continues: “It was as if a new birth . . . had converted the forest-land, still so uncongenial to every other pilgrim and wanderer, into Hester Prynne’s wild and dreary but life-long home.” She had indeed become—as this story of individual suffering and pain widens into myth—no longer a stranger but, among all the other migrants, the first real American, the first to know that it is sin…