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by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Describe the confrontation between Mistress Hibbins and Hester in chapters 22-24 of The Scarlet Letter.

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The Scarlet Letter is a novel concerned with the inner workings of the soul as it deals with sin and shame.  Hester was an adulteress whose sin was made public.  The man she loved, Arthur Dimmesdale , hid his sin and continued his role as revered minister to his church flock.  The day on which this conversation took place was Election Day, one of the grand ceremonial days in the town.  Dimmesdale was chosen to deliver the Election Day sermon, and the former lovers had plans to leave for England immediately following the event.  As he walked through the crowd on his way to the church, Arthur was a changed man.  The formerly weak and frail man who was continually clutching at his heart was walking erect...

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