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Chapter 20. In the End Zone > Stop, Thief! - Pg. 231

In the End Zone 231 Word Watch Plagiarism is representing someone else's words or ideas as your own. Original source: The story of Hester Prynne, heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, takes place in seventeenth-century Boston. Hawthorne no doubt wandered through the King's Chapel Burial Ground when he worked in the nearby Custom House from 1839 to 1841. Tradition says that the fictional Hester Prynne is based on the original Elizabeth Pain (or Payne), who is buried in that graveyard. There is a big red A with two lions on the upper-left corner of Pain's gravestone. The crest looks amazingly like Hester's gravestone, as described in the last line of The Scarlet Letter: "On her stone there appears the semblance of an engraved escutcheon with 'on a field, sable, the letter A gules.'" Plagiarism: Hawthorne set his romance The Scarlet Letter in Boston in the 1600s. The story describes characters who could be buried in the King's Chapel Burial Ground. Hawthorne had probably