'Easy A' Translated To 'The Scarlet Letter' Era English
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter was first published in 1850. Since then it's seen many adaptations, including the teen comedy Easy A. In Easy A, a high school student named Olive Pendergast can't stop lying for the benefit of fellow geeks and to earn gift cards, a very liberal adaptation indeed. To commemorate the long life and legacy of The Scarlet Letter, we're matching moments from Easy A to their counterparts in The Scarlet Letter.
Easy A Speak: "Remember how I told you Google Earth couldn't find me if I was dressed up as a ten-storey building? The next day, it could find me if I was dressed as a crack on a sidewalk."
19th Century Translation: " She perchance underwent an agony from every footstep of those that thronged to see her, as if her heart had been flung into the street for them all to spurn and trample upon."
Easy A Speak: "I'm really, really sorry."
19th Century Translation: "I have greatly wronged thee," murmured Hester.
Easy A Speak: "I think my complete lack of allure already kind of shot that horse in the face."
19th Century Translation: "The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude!"
Easy A Speak: "Judy Blume should've prepared me for that."
19th Century Translation: "Little accustomed, in her long seclusion from society, to measure her ideas of right and wrong by any standard external to herself, Hester saw—or seemed to see—that... the links that united her to the rest of humankind—links of flowers, or silk, or gold, or whatever the material—had all been broken. Here was the iron link of mutual crime, which neither he nor she could break."
Easy A Speak: "A woman must needs follow her own fancy touching the adornment of her person. The letter is gaily embroidered, and shows right bravely on your bosom!"
19th Century Translation: "I'm accessorizing."
Easy A Speak: "We made our choices and we just have to let it ride."
19th Century Translation: "Thou hast kept the secret of thy paramour. Keep, likewise, mine! There are none in this land that know me. Breathe not to any human soul."