In Puritan Boston, seamstress Hester Prynne is punished for playing on the Sabbath day; but kindly minister Arthur Dimmesdale takes pity on her. The two fall in love, but their relationship cannot be: Hester is already married to Roger Prynne, a physician who has been missing seven years. Dimmesdale has to go away to England; when he returns, he finds Hester pregnant with their child, and the focus of the town's censure. In a humiliating public ceremony, she is forced to don the scarlet letter A - for adultery - and wear it the rest of her life.
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|Lillian Gish||Hester Prynne|
|Lars Hanson||Arthur Dimmesdale|
|Henry B. Walthall||Roger Chillingworth|
|William H. Tooker||The Governor|
|Marcelle Corday||Mistress Hibbins|