Hester Prynne

Hester Prynne, of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is probably the most famous adultress in American literature. Although married to the aptly named Roger Chillingsworth, she has an affair with the wimpy Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale.

Pearl Prynne

Pearl Prynne is Hester's daughter, fated to bear the brunt of her mother's sin, although she had no part in committing it.