Ordinary Human Language

by Brian Crane

The Scarlet Letter

I’ve read and taught this novel many times, and so reading it now is often an exercise in curiosity: what will catch my or my students’ eyes as we work through it together?

Reading it again for class this term, I enjoyed it more than I had in years and was struck by how much the novel explores the contours of an open secret and the damage done by what is not said.

Posted December 7, 2015