When Chilingworth first arrives in Boston, people are thrilled to have a physician available, and they are even happier when he and the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale move in together because they believe that the doctor will help to care for the minister's failing health. After some time passes, however, and Chillingworth begins to grow suspicious of Dimmesdale, his aspect begins to change.
Now, there was something ugly and evil in his face, which they had not previously noticed, and which grew still the more obvious to sight, the oftener they looked upon him. According to the vulgar idea, the fire in his laboratory had been brought from the lower regions, and was fed with infernal fuel; and so, as might be expected, his visage was getting sooty with the smoke. (153)
This quotation helps to show how affected Chillingworth has been by his single-minded desire for revenge. He has gone from a perceptive and intellectual scholar to a man willing to sacrifice his own soul to punish the one who has...
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