In Hawthorne's indictment against secret sin and the psychological effects of sin, The Scarlet Letter, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale commits sins against the Ten Commandments; also, he commits one of the Cardinal, or Seven Deadly Sins. Because Reverend Dimmesdale is a Puritan minister, the commandments that he violates, in accord with the Protestant version, are #7 "Thou shalt not commit adultery" and #9 "Thou shalt not bear false witness." The Cardinal sin that he commits is the sin of Pride.
As Hawthorne's narrative progresses, it becomes apparent to the reader that Dimmesdale is tortured by some inner conflict in his soul. Certainly, Roger Chillingworth suspects him of being his wife's paramour as he stealthily ingratiates himself into the minister's home and continually questions the minister about what troubles him. When Chillingworth dances in delight one night in Chapter X after pulling away the minister's vestment and detecting an identifying mark of this sin...
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