• Before this ugly edifice, and between it and the wheel-track of the street, was a grass-plot, much overgrown with burdock, pig-weed, apple-pern, and such unsightly vegetation, which evidently found something congenial in the soil that had so early borne the black flower of civilized society, a prison.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne (1935). “The Scarlet Letter (Sparklesoup Classics)”, p.24, Sparklesoup LLC