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Why does Pearl not tell Dimmesdale the real identity of Chillingworth?

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In The Scarlet Letter , it is Hester who keeps this secret; her daughter, Pearl, learns the information much later. The man who goes by the name of Roger Chillingworth is actually Hester Prynne’s long-lost husband, who was presumed dead. When he returns and sees that she has a child, Pearl, he insists that Hester not reveal his true identity. Hester has already been punished by the town for adultery, as the baby was born long after her husband left; part of her punishment is wearing a red letter “A” on her...

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