Brand Names

03 Apr

I love to find connections to other literature in our classics.  But this one from the beginning of Chapter 9 surprised me.

Because of the tattered soldier’s question he now felt that his shame could be viewed.  He was continually casting sidelong glances to see if the men were contemplating the letters of quilt he felt burned into his brow.

Did you see them there?  Arthur and Hester?  What do you think Henry’s letters were?  D for deserter?  R for run?  Or perhaps like the original duo, an A, but this time for abandoner?

Based on Crane’s use of color, I’m guessing it was definitely scarlet.


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4 responses to “Brand Names

  1. Tonia

    April 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I caught that too – and thought the same exact thing, def. a reference to The Scarlet Letter.

    • Christina Joy

      April 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Also, when I was researching this a little further I found that Romans were known for branding runaway slaves with and F and at one point in Canadian military prisons D was for deserter.

      • Christine

        April 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

        I saw it too! and is it true that pirates were branded with a “P”? or is that just something I’ve picked up from Jack Sparrow?

      • Christina Joy

        April 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm

        Good question. Who’s our resident pirate expert?


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