It took me sometime, but I finally read it and could not be happier! I loved Hawthorne's narration of what happened to Hester. He portrays to perfection the characteristics of human behavior: Hester's guilt and shame towards society and her persistence to keep on wearing it. And of course, Dimmesdale's cowardice and weakness to reveal the truthfulness of his actions.What's great about this book is the plainness of its narration, which mainly focus on the inner feelings of the characters. Overall, I enjoyed every minute of it, although I did struggle at the start when I read the introduction, but it becomes easier once you submerge yourself into the plot. Hester became one of my favorite female characters. And I don't regret reading her story.