Hester Prynne, of The Scarlet Letter fame, is the only Puritan character in Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy. As autumn comes to New York City, Hester keenly registers the turning of the leaves; as they drop she dreads the winter to come. Puritans viewed Nature as a hostile force (well, ok, they pretty much viewed everything as a hostile force..but Nature especially). They knew America would hold for them “a sharp and violent winter” (in the words of #Mayflower survivor William Bradford), in which sickness and starvation would be rampant.
However, in modern day #Japan there are no such worries. A charming custom has cropped up there, of people raking their leaves into very ephemeral “art forms” then photographing them and posting them on Instagram–a kind of leafy memorandum, if you will, of a very passing phenomena. Will this ever catch on in #Manhattan? What do you think? Please let Hester know if you do anything interesting with your leaves!