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Can someone summarize chapters nine and ten of "The Scarlet Letter"? No I'm...

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dchbowen4life | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted November 20, 2008 at 4:59 AM via web

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Can someone summarize chapters nine and ten of "The Scarlet Letter"?

No I'm just confused on these chapters.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 20, 2008 at 5:22 AM (Answer #1)

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The people of the town are noticing that the health of Rev. Dimmesdale is getting worse. They try to persuade him to get help from Chillingworth. Dimmesdale says he would prefer to die than take Chillingworth's medicine but the church elders insist. So, Chillingworth and the minister begin to spend a lot of time together. Chillingworth appears to ask Dimmesdale many leading questions about secret sin and Hester and Pearl. It seems Chillingworth suspects something. Eventually, Chillingworth moves into the same boarding house as Dimmesdale. He then discovers something on the minister's chest that seems to confirm to Chillingworth's that Dimmesdale is Pearl's father.

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