The Chill of Chillingworth

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A wrong is a wrong, but if they were to be categorized, rankings, from vilest to innocent faux pas, would proceed with terrible sins, like murder; then bad wrongdoings, like theft; and forgettable gaffes, like not studying. I concur that the Reverend, a respected religious leader in the puritan hamlet, was undoubtedly in the wrong, but Mr. Prynne’s offence is wicked. Hester was coerced into marriage by this hoary bloke who vamoosed subsequently and indefinitely. In returning to his home, instead of being honest, he creates a pseudonym, Roger Chillingworth. Roger is a doctor who takes up care for Reverend Dimesdale. This case wasn’t to practice an occupation honestly but to achieve darker ambitions. During the tête-à-tête, in chapter four, between Hester and Chillingworth in the prison cell, we ascertain that he is her husband. We furthermore discern from their colloquy, when Chillingworth discloses, “ ‘Mine was the first wrong, when I betrayed thy budding youth into a false and unnatural relation with my decay,’ ” (Hawthorne 62) that Hester had involuntarily married him despite thei...
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