Man, the Beatles were overrated like gravity is overrated. ......... Say what you want, but statements like "the Beatles were overrated" make me much less likely to listen to anything you say afterward.
Everybody knows who Hester Prynne is and the sentence in which the namedrop was embedded makes no contextual sense and your second quote is butchered Lennon. It's Christmas. We can't try a little harder? For the children?
[QUOTE=Hannahrain;1944845]Everybody knows who Hester Prynne is[QUOTE]
Unfortunately, I believe you grossly overestimate the literary knowledge of the average American. I'm pretty sure at least 3-4x more Americans could tell you the title of Sarah Palin's new book than could tell you who Hester Prynne is.