What is a quote from The Scarlet Letter that shows Roger Chillingworth has changed into a wretched old man bent on revenge?
The transformation actually begins to happen right away, very soon after Chillingworth's deliverance to Boston from the Native Americans who had captured him. Chillingworth feels that the scale between himself and Hester, his wife, "hangs fairly balanced," but he immediately desires to take revenge on the man that he feels wronged them both. When Hester refuses to reveal the name of her co-sinner to him in chapter 4, Chillingworth tells her, "'Not the less, he is mine,'...with a look of confidence, as if destiny were at one with him." He enjoins her to keep the truth of his identity to herself, keeping his secret just as she keeps the secret of her co-sinner's identity.
Chillingworth says to her, "'Shouldst thou fail me in this, beware! His fame, his position, his life will be in my hands.'" In other words, he intends to take this man into his power and dominate him.
At the end of the chapter, when Chillingworth takes his leave of her, Hester asks if he is the Devil or if he has tempted her...
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