Of human compassion, he has none. A man burdened with a secret should especially avoid the intimacy of his physician. But he cannot catch little Pearl! The soil where this dark miner was working had perchance shown indications that encouraged him. Chillingworth recognizes this difference and punishes Hester and Dimmesdale covertly by tormenting Dimmesdale almost to the point of killing him. If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or—and the outward semblance is the same—crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more. Hester did not pluck them off.
He felt it for first time how Hester had been through this years. The heart, making itself guilty of such secrets, must perforce hold them, until the day when all hidden things shall be revealed. Chillingworth aids the town as an intelligent doctor, who had traveled with Native Americans and studied their ways. Such is frequently the fate, and such the stern development, of the feminine character and person, when the woman has encountered, and lived through, an experience of peculiar severity. But, unlike the little stream, she danced and sparkled and prattled airily along her course. They now felt themselves, at last, inhabitants of the same sphere.
Were I worthy to be quit of it, it would fall away of its own nature, or be transformed into something that should speak a different purport. Roger Chillingworth readily assented, and went on with his medical supervision of the minister; doing his best for him, in all good faith, but always quitting the patient's apartment, at the close of the professional interview, with a mysterious and puzzled smile upon his lips. What, in heaven's name, is she? Dimmesdale shuddered, and slightly stirred. Ye have both been here before, but I was not with you. Had a man seen old Roger Chillingworth, at that moment of his ecstasy, he would have had no need to ask how Satan comports himself when a precious human soul is lost to heaven, and won into his kingdom.
Were I worthy to be quit of it, it would fall away of its own nature, or be transformed into something that should speak a different purport. Her initial sadness, along with the three year absence of her husband, resulted in adultery. Lesson Summary Let's review… Chillingworth, Hester's husband, arrives in town after being held captive by Native Americans to find his wife on a scaffold being publicly humiliated for adultery. Are my purposes wont to be so shallow? I found them growing on a grave that had no tombstone or other marker, except for these ugly weeds. He marvelled, indeed, at the violence with which he had thrust back the kind old man, when merely proffering the advice which it was his duty to bestow, and which the minister himself had expressly sought. I shall, indeed, stand with thy mother thee one other day, but not to-morrow! Therefore, Hester, in her mind, has not committed a sin. Methinks thou art too late! Hawthorne, however, indicates that Chillingworth is surprised by what he discovers, implying that Chillingworth never fully suspected Dimmesdale of being Pearl's father.
With God's help, I shall escape thee now! Hawthorne's writing style is filled with complex sentences loaded with clauses that take some work to unpack, and often by their end, they give a different impression than what it seemed they would say at the beginning. When she goes to Chillingworth and speaks to him about revealing his identity, he neither condones nor condemns her decision. But Old Roger Chillingworth, too, had perceptions that were almost intuitive; and when the minister threw his startled eyes towards him, there the physician sat; his kind, watchful, sympathising, but never intrusive friend. The heart is a secret safer and that is why it is said that a secret was buried. I will not lose the child! There was a look of pain in her face which I would gladly have been spared the sight of.
He groped along as stealthily, with as cautious a tread, and as wary an outlook, as a thief entering a chamber where a man lies only half asleep,—or, it may be, broad awake,—with purpose to steal the very treasure which this man guards as the apple of his eye. Dimmesdale, noon-day, and entirely unawares, fell into a deep, deep slumber, sitting in his chair, with a large black-letter volume open before him on the table. The grasp, cold as it was, took away what was the dreariest in the interview. Her mother lied that the black man gave her the scarlet letter, where in really she did put the mark on her bosom. This is because he chose and accepted his sin, and then became completely enveloped and obsessed with it. The sin of adultery, for which Hester is branded, is not the true sin in The Scarlet Letter. Chillingworth has a great opportunity to be regarded as a victim after his wife has an affair with another man, but he chooses a different road.
Let the black flower blossom as it may! Dimmesdale sat with his forehead in his hand and his elbow resting on the sill of an open window that looked out on the graveyard. As years past, the physical health of Dimmesdale crashed as Chillingworth oppressed his mental health through constant guilt and remorse. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. If she be all tenderness, she will die. Usually a child is treated as an angel. Towards her mother, too, Pearl's errand as a messenger of anguish was all fulfilled. It had been intended, there could be no doubt, as an ornamental article of dress; but how it was to be worn, or what rank, honor, and dignity, in by-past times, were signified by it, was a riddle which.
Alas for his own soul, if these were what he sought! Instead of trying to convert them or judge them, he instead learned their ways. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter Quotes, Chapter 14, Page 158 — Roger Chillingworth describes himself as a monster. He therefore expends a great deal of time and energy to make Dimmesdale reveal what is troubling him. Roger Chillingworth, unlike Hester and Dimmesdale, is a flat character. But Hester ought long ago to have done with this injustice.
Hester, although she does not believe she has sinned, portrays herself as a sinner by wearing the scarlet letter without complaint. They sense that Chillingworth has undergone a profound change since arriving in Boston, going from a genial old man to an ugly and evil person. He is so terrified of everyone in the town finding out his secret that he is blind to any enemy within his own home. As a scientific investigator, he cold-heartedly and intellectually pursues his lab specimen. Perhaps the ground where that dark miner was digging provided some hint to encourage him. Dimmesdale finds himself with no other choice but to confess his sin to the congregation, and then he dies.
But there was a more real life for Hester Prynne here, in New England, than in that unknown region where Pearl had found a home. Over the ensuing years, Hester endures the shame and ridicule brought about by the scarlet letter. Over the next seven years, Chillingworth is able to find out that Dimmesdale is Pearl's father. Perhaps Pearl recognizes this, for she urges Dimmesdale to stand beside her and her mother at noontime the next day on the scaffold. Or is itand does actively choosing to be shamed and punished mean that she eventually gets forgiveness? The end of the chapter brings to light some of what previous foreshadowing promised. She, in a sense, is our beacon in this story, a kind of lightning rod for everyone's repressed feelings.