In their conversation after Hester is allowed off the scaffold, Chillingworth confronts Hester. She makes the point that she never loved him and never "feigned" or pretended to love him. Chillingworth admits that he knew she didn't love him. What he wanted was a young, pretty wife to go along with his fortune. That is why he says he will take no revenge on Hester, but he will find out who the father of Pearl is and take revenge on him.