Every word Hawthorne wrote, every comma, every paragraph break, these were done on purpose. It is our job to try and figure out what he's really trying to say.
] Why couldn't he just say what he meant? Would they pin a scarlet letter on his chest? "S" for straightforward?
The house with the chunks of glass in its walls, is a symbol of what? Well, it would reflect, sparkle? Come on people, the house symbolizes...?
How do you know that's what he meant to say? I mean, you could just make all that up, it's just a story.