Watching her husband, Roger Chillingworth, gathering herbs one day, Hester recognizes the intense hatred that she feels for her husband. She chastises herself for feeling this way, as she knows that it is sinful to hate someone, but she cannot shake the feeling, even though she knows it's wrong. She can hardly even remember their past life together without revulsion, despite the fact that there were, apparently, moments of their married life that seemed pleasant enough at the time. She shudders when she recalls that she believed herself to be happy then. Hester begins to feel that Roger has committed a "fouler offence . . . than any which had since been done [to] him" when he "persuaded her to fancy herself happy by his side." She feels that he has committed a far worse sin than the one she did, because his sin "betrayed'" her, in her mind. Roger essentially exploited her youth and innocence, irrevocably linking her to him for as long as they both continue to live, and persuaded her to think that marrying him was a good idea. He prevented her from having a real relationship with real "passion."