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In "The Scarlet Letter" does Hester love Dimmesdale?  

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Yes, she loves him very much.  Think about it.  Despite being asked over and over again, and despite having to bear the brunt of her punishment, shame and degradation alone, Hester never reveals that Dimmesdale is the father of her child.  She protects his identity fiercely, at great personal loss and sacrifice.  This indicates thats she loves him very much.  Later on in the novel, when she encounters him in the forest again, they both speak of love and of leaving together, running away to live where they won't be judged and criticized.  That shows...

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melissa1106 | Student

Hester loved Dimmesdale very much. She wants to protect him from the judging and shunning of the town so she does not reveal that he is the father of her child. She sufferes alone in judgement and isolation from the town just to save the man she loves from humiliation.

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of course hester loved Dimmesdale, when the towns people asked her who her lover was, she refused to tell them, because she loved Dimmesdale to much, and didn't want to mess up his reputation as a minister. If she didn't have love for him, she would have told who her secret lover was.