The example essays in Kibin's library were written by real students for real classes. This quote shows Hester finally becoming resigned to how much her past defines her, and being at peace with the choices she has made. It's hard to think of a modern day equivalent, because most of us just don't live in communities that have rules like this—but it's basically the same as if Hester proposed going to live on the moon.
Hester's self-reliance and inner strength are further revealed in her defiance of the law and in her iron will during her confrontation with the governor of the colony. What hooks you?
While she might be feeling agony as if "her heart had been flung into the street for them all to spurn and trample upon," her face reveals no such thought, and her demeanor is described as "haughty.
Hester is able to regain a sense of agency by voluntarily choosing to re-enter the community, and wearing the scarlet letter by choice rather than out of obligation. The minister calls on her to give him strength to overcome his indecisiveness twice in the forest and again as he faces his confession on Election Day.
She has nothing but her strength of spirit to sustain her. Do you A Leave town in the middle of the night; B Go up to the Governor and flip over his table; C Stay in town and resolve to use the "torture of [your] daily shame" to "at length purge [your] soul" 5.
Chapter 24 In this quote, the narrator explains what happens when Hester returns to New England years after the death of Dimmesdale. Hester, on the other hand, wanted to stay in the town which she called home.
She who has once been woman, and ceased to be so, might at any moment become a woman again, if there were only the magic touch to effect the transformation.