This passage from \"Conclusion\" in The Scarlet Letter is a statement of the moral directed to the reader by Hawthorne himself. After the scarlet letter A is revealed on the chest of the dying minister, speculation about it begins among the congregation. As narrator, the author refers to the hypocrisy of Dimmesdale which has haunted him and caused the greatest damage. Had the minister admitted his sin, then he could have prevented the vengeance of Chillingworth; and, had Hester been \"true,\" Dimmesdale would have been informed about the physician's intent toward him. But, all have been false.
After several years, Hester returns to her cottage and resumes wearing the scarlet letter. When she dies, she is buried near the grave of Dimmesdale, and they share a simple slate tombstone engraved with an escutcheon described as: \"On a field, sable, the letter A, gules\" (On a black background, the letter A in red\"). 153554b96e