Endicott and the Red Cross

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804—1864) American novelist and short-story writer


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Story by Hawthorne, published in Twice-Told Tales (1837). It is a brief account of the rebellious gesture of the Puritan governor John Endecott, who, when Charles I decided to send an Anglican governor to England, tore the Red Cross from the British ensign, because he wish to demonstrate the dislike of the Massachusetts Bay colonists for “the idolatrous forms of English Episcopacy.” A passage in the tale describes the punishment of an adulteress, later the theme of The Scarlet Letter.

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