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The Scarlet Letter

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Hawthorne and Thoreau

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

A

"For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to 'glorify God and enjoy him forever'."

B

"Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest."

C

Man "never dream[s] the while that he lives in the dark unfathomed mammoth cave of this world, and has but the rudiment of an eye himself."

D

"The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer."

E

"By a seeming fate, commonly called necessity, [men] are employed, as it says in an old book,laying up treasures which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal."