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What's the relationship between Chillilngworth and Dimmesdale?

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tinkerbaby | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2009 at 12:32 AM via web

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What's the relationship between Chillilngworth and Dimmesdale?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 20, 2009 at 2:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Chillingworth pretends to be a concerned doctor, caring for Dimmesdale. He becomes Dimmesdale's friend and confidant, using that position to find out that Dimmesdale is Pearl's father and is suffering from his secret sin. The narrrator hints at the possibility that Chillingworth is somehow making Dimmesdale sicker. Also, it is clear that Dimmesdale is unsettled about Chillingworth's "friendship" because he admits to Hester that he hates Chillingworth.

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jelly341 | eNoter

Posted October 27, 2011 at 3:19 PM (Answer #2)

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Dimmesdale is Hester's true love and Chillingworth is Hester's true husband. Chillingworth tries to seek revenge on Dimmesdale by torturing him and making his conscience fill with guilt. Dimmesdale's does not trust Chillingworth. They both secretly hate each other.

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