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