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How does Mistress Hibbins eventually die in "The Scarlet Letter"?

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While the death of Mistress Hibbins is never depicted in the novel itself, it is something to which the narrator alludes on a couple of occasions. In the second chapter, when he speculates about what people have gathered to observe in the marketplace, he suggests that

It might be, too, that a witch, like old Mistress Hibbins, the bitter-tempered widow of the magistrate, was to die upon the gallows.

Thus, we learn that Mistress Hibbins will, eventually, be hanged for the crime of witchcraft, a punishment which the Puritans are rather well known for using in the...

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