She pressed her infant to her bosom with so convulsive a force that the poor babe uttered another cry of pain. But the mother did not seem to hear it.

from Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter (Chap. 3) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Being a pariah ain’t easy, especially for a mom.

Her child, after all, is her living, breathing scarlett letter — symbolic of her sin.

This child will need years of therapy.

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