The Scarlet Letter

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Hawthorne and Emerson

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Given what you have read in the novel, which of the following quotations from Transcendentalist thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson do you think Hawthorne would agree with most?

A

"Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing."

B

"One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime."

C

"I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars."

D

"Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration."

E

"Nature says, he is my creature, and maugre all his impertinent griefs, he shall be glad with me."