Critical Appreciation Of The Roger Chillingworth

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Old Roger Chillingworth had always been an upright (1) man. He had begun his investigation with a judge’s integrity (2), desiring only the truth. But, as he proceeded, his eyes grew ominous (3). He transformed into a thief. Entering a chamber where a man lies, half-asleep, he aimed to steal the man’s treasure. But the floor would creak, Mr. Dimmesdale aware of a disturbance. Yet Roger Chillingworth-intuitive (4) and perceptive-would be prepared, appearing always as the clergyman’s kind friend. Thus, they maintained a familiar relationship. One day, the clergyman was looking out a window into the graveyard, conversing with the old man who was examining a bundle of plants. “I found these,” Roger Chillingworth answered upon inquiry, “-on…show more content…
Dimmesdale, “-he desired to but could not. The heart must hold certain secrets until that last day; only then will the hearts holding such miserable secrets yield (6) them with joy.” “If with joy, why should they not reveal their secrets here?” “Most do,” said the clergyman, grasping at his breast as if with an importunate (7) throb of pain. “Many have confessed to me, not only on the death–bed, but while strong in life. And, oh, what a relief I witnessed in those sinful brethren (8)!” “Yet some men bury their secrets,” observed the calm physician. “True. But, perhaps guilty as they may be, they shrink (9) from displaying themselves filthy; because thenceforward, they can do no good. Thus, they go about looking pure despite their hearts being stained with iniquity…show more content…
Dimmesdale passionately, suddenly looking fiercely at his companion. “If it be a disease of the soul, there is but one Physician! Who art thou to come between the sufferer and his God?” And with that, he rushed from the room. “See now,” said Roger Chillingworth, with a grave smile, “-how quickly passion takes hold of him! As with one passion, so with another. He hath done a wild thing, this pious (18) Master Dimmesdale, in the hot passion of his heart.” --- It proved not difficult to re–establish the intimacy of the two companions. After a few hours, the young clergyman became sensible that his nerves had hurried him into an unwarranted (19) temper. He marvelled at the violence with which he had thrust back the kind old man, who had merely offered the advice the minister had sought. He lost no time in making apologies and besought his friend to continue his care. Roger Chillingworth readily assented, and went on with his medical supervision. But, he always quitted his patient’s apartment with a mysterious smile. This expression was invisible in Mr. Dimmesdale’s presence, but grew evident as the physician crossed the threshold. Not long after this scene did the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale fall into an unusually deep
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