Tuesday, June 14, 2016

[Inkling Explorations]- June

For Heidi's monthly link-up, June's theme is

Roses in Book or Film 

Besides the obvious Beauty and the Beast, I couldn't think of any passages in literature or film including a rose, so I scanned through my bookshelf to find something I hadn't thought of. The Scarlet Letter stood out to me, and I remember that, indeed, it did have a short passage about a rose. 

The Scarlet Letter is not my favorite book for a number of reasons, one being that I prefer books that have more entertainment value to complement their depth, but Hawthorne's writing, when read in moderation, is beautiful. 

So here's a passage from the first chapter: 

But, on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-bush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him. 

This rose-bush, by a strange chance, has been kept alive in history, but whether it had merely survived out of the stern old wilderness, so long after the fall of the gigantic pines and oaks that originally overshadowed it, --or whether, as there is fair authority for believing, it had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Ann Hutchinson, as she entered the prison-door,--we shall not take upon us to determine. Finding it so directly on the threshold of our narrative, which is now about to issue from that inauspicious portal, we could hardly do otherwise than pluck one of its flowers and present it to the reader. It may serve, let us hope, to symbolize some sweet moral blossom that may be found along the track,  or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow. 

This piece introduces a long narrative of "human frailty and sorrow" and an onslaught of moral themes. I usually choose happier selections for the link-up, but this time I wanted to try something a bit...graver.

Have you read The Scarlet Letter


  1. I've never read The Scarlet Letter, but this is a beautiful passage, and a perfect selection for this month's theme. I like the picture of the rose you included, too. :)

    1. I'm glad you like it! Thanks, google images is so nice. :)

      Thank you for commenting!

  2. I've read The Scarlet Letter twice, but it's been at least 15 years since I read it last. This is such a great passage! I was not a fan of the book as a whole, but some of the writing was quite nice.

    1. It is! It's one of the more memorable passages to me.



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