Why does Chillingworth want to exact revenge on Mr. Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne?

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In his conversation with Hester in her jail cell, Chillingworth says, several times, of Hester's co-sinner, who turns out to be the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale , "He shall be mine!" or "Thou wilt not reveal his name? Not the less he is mine." He says that he will not "interfere with Heaven's own method of retribution, or . . . betray him to the gripe of human law."  Therefore, Chillingworth vows that he will not turn the father of Hester's baby over to the town authorities but that, instead, this man will "be his." What can this mean? Hester is clearly concerned and interprets these words as very threatening. She says, "Thy acts are like mercy . . . but thy words interpret thee as a terror!" She means that what he says he will do sounds merciful—that he will not turn the man over to the law—but the words themselves are frightening. Chillingworth does want revenge because, as he says to Hester, this man "has wronged us both!" He feels that he shares some responsibility for Hester's...

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