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In the book "The Scarlet Letter" Hester Pryne had a brief affair with the Reverand Dimmsdale. Her husband, a doctor had sent her to live in the area before he could get there. He returns and finds her on a scaffold being humiliated by the townspeople for her crime of adultery. She has a baby in her arms. He is curious about the situation and he asks the townspeople what had happened. When he is told the story, he also learns that no one knows who the man was who committed adultery with Hester.
Roger Cullingsworth, Hester's husband begins his own search to find out who the man could be. He befriends the town Reverend Dimmsdale. He becomes his physician and confident. The situation is very stressful for Dimmsdale who has to contain his guilt every time he is being questioned by the physician.
He probes and probes the man until the Reverend succumbs to his own guilt. When the Reverend becomes ill, he waits until he falls asleep and opens the man's shirt. Roger sees a symbol on the Reverend's chest that tells his secret. Roger does not tell anyone what he knows. Instead, he allows the Reverend to suffer his guilt.
The mystery of Hester's adulterer is what moves the story forward upon Roger's return. Dimmsdlae's guilt and his inability to be able to stand waiting until someone found out and his feelings of guilt lead him to tell the truth right before he dies. In addition, the letter "A" scared upon Dimmsdale's chest served as his own recognition of the need for punishment as well as the indicator to Roger that he was the one who impregnated Hester.
Posted by mkcapen1 on January 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM (Answer #1)
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