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The Scarlet Letter
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  • Hester sought not to acquire anything beyond a subsistence, of the plainest and most ascetic description, for herself, and a simple abundance for her child.

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  • The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
  • Most religions have or have had traces of asceticism in order to achieve a spiritual goal.

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