In Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter," the red rose serves as a symbol of their shared passion and love. When Hester and Dimmesdale encounter the red rose in the forest, it reaffirms the intensity of their hidden feelings for each other. The vibrant red color of the rose reflects the intensity of their emotions, reminding them of the forbidden desire they share. It strengthens their bond and reminds them of the depth of their connection, despite the secret nature of their relationship.

How does the red rose scene impact Hester's decision to keep their relationship a secret?

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    Can you please post a link to the book's page where they encounter the red rose in the forest? It's free via Project Gutenberg and the one you posted via your question is tagged as dangerous by my spam etc. software.
    – Lambie
    Feb 21 at 14:00
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    That link says: “Pearl?—Ruby, rather—or Coral!—or Red Rose, at the very least, judging from thy hue!” responded the old minister, putting forth his hand in a vain attempt to pat little Pearl on the cheek". I still cannot find an encounter you are calling the red rose scene...
    – Lambie
    13 hours ago


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