In Junein Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne, a young woman who has given birth to a baby of unknown parentage. She is required to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress when she is in front of the townspeople to shame her. The letter "A" stands for adulteress, although this is never said explicitly in the novel. Her sentence required her to stand on the scaffold for three hours, exposed to public humiliation, and to wear the scarlet "A" for the rest of her life.
Chapters 11—12 Summary—Chapter The Interior of a Heart Chillingworth continues to play mind games with Dimmesdale, making his revenge as terrible as possible. The minister often regards his doctor with distrust and even loathing, but because he can assign no rational basis to his feelings, he dismisses them and continues to suffer.
As a result, his self-probing keeps him up at night, and he even sees visions. Even the Bible offers him little support.
During one of these vigils, Dimmesdale seizes on an idea for what he believes may be a remedy to his pain. He decides to hold a vigil on the scaffold where, years before, Hester suffered for her sin.
Read a translation of Chapter The pain in his breast causes him to scream aloud, and he worries that everyone in the town will wake up and come to look at him. As Dimmesdale stands upon the scaffold, his mind turns to absurd thoughts. He almost laughs when he sees Reverend Wilson, and in his delirium he thinks that he calls out to the older minister.
Having come so close to being sighted, Dimmesdale begins to fantasize about what would happen if everyone in town were to witness their holy minister standing in the place of public shame.
Dimmesdale laughs aloud and is answered by a laugh from Pearl, whose presence he had not noticed. Dimmesdale invites them to join him on the scaffold, which they do. At the same time, Pearl points to a figure that stands in the distance and watches them.
Dimmesdale asks if she intends to mock him, and she replies that she is punishing him for his refusal to stand in public with her and her mother.
Chillingworth approaches and coaxes Dimmesdale down, saying that the minister must have sleepwalked his way up onto the scaffold.In The Scarlet Letter, a romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is a young man who achieved fame in England as a theologian and then immigrated to America.
In a moment of weakness, he and Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, married woman whose husband is away in Europe, become lovers. Get an answer for 'What are some quotes in the book that show Dimmsdale's and Chillingworth's declining physical condition in The Scarlet Letter?' and find homework help for other The Scarlet.
Reverend Dimmesdale is the Ryan Gosling of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (You just know those single Puritan ladies had a Tumblr devoted to him.) He's a brilliant speaker, a kind man, and a wise reverend.
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In order to not come in contact with these things we would have to live apart from the media and almost separate ourselves from society altogether. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale > Pearl Quote 1 “At the great judgment day,” whispered the minister—and, strangely enough, the sense that he was a professional teacher of truth impelled him to answer the child so.
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne. BUY SHARE. BUY! Home; Literature Notes; The Scarlet Letter; Arthur Dimmesdale Character Analysis Arthur Dimmesdale Bookmark this and his agonized suffering is the direct result of his inability to disclose his sin.
Of the four major characters in this novel, which investigates the nature of evil.