Altered Book Quotes: The Scarlet Letter

Welcome to my blackout poetry quotes and altered prose from The Scarlet Letter. This is a “collaboration” of Hawthorne’s words and my selective removal of words. Wording is in the exact order as the original book; the only modifications are punctuation and capitalization. Page numbers refer to the 1976 Bantam paperback, which by the by, was quite possibly the best 50¢ I’ve ever spent. —ღTerri

Cowardice —
the great horror of mind,
gnawing and poisonous.
~Terri Guillemets, “Afraid,” 2018, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 136

Memory’s time-worn — a crumbling wall. ~Terri Guillemets, 2018, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 55

The bookworm had intellectual gifts —
wise, vast, and blazing bliss philosophized.
~Terri Guillemets, 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 69

No law for age —
more active within the sphere of spirit,
a freedom knocking at her door!
the blossom of womanhood to be cherished
— her own passion and heart.
~Terri Guillemets, “Middle age welcome,” 2018, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 151

Faithfully,
Truth casts his leaves forth upon the wind,
but few indulge in revelation to the heart.
~Terri Guillemets, 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 3

Women of happiness rule the soil. ~Terri Guillemets, 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 45

The sensitive is the boundary between two worlds: our nerves and heart. ~Terri Guillemets, 2018, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 191

The years pile up and hide under a new exterior, — ghostlike. ~Terri Guillemets, “Aging inside & out,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 73

Disastrous beauty shone out —
a halo of spirit — wild and brazen and dainty.
~Terri Guillemets, “Hester,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 51

I seize the years, truth, the wind,
and indulge in heart, mind, nature.
~Terri Guillemets, 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 3

At the fireside of life
in the deep quietude,
I was happy of heart.
~Terri Guillemets, 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 3

Vivid phantasmagoric reality —
      happy, miserable
a half-obliterated shield over death
a pathway illuminating the years
a lamplight penetrating the human soul
~Terri Guillemets, 2018, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 55

circle of radiance
her wild-flower prettiness
a passion, a depth of hue —
nature, beautiful and brilliant
imbibing her soul,
the spiritual world
and material of earth —
rays of life, wild in her heart
~Terri Guillemets, 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 83

Hester unadulterated. The end. ~Terri Guillemets, 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 61  😂  [Photo. I cheated a little on this one, depending on how fast and loose you play your blackout rules — ‘end’ is from ‘tenderness.’ –tg]

Scarlet Letter Blackout Poetry
Original post date: 2014 Jun 15
1st major revision: 2018 Jan 14