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What measures does Dimmesdale take in an attempt to penance for his sins?


In an attempt to do penance for his sins, Dimmesdale tortures himself through whipping, fasting, and keeping vigils. He takes to “practices more in accordance with the old, corrupted faith of Rome than with the better light of the church” (96). Dimmesdale takes his practices to the extreme. His fasts and vigils affect his health negatively and cause him to see hallucinations that express his guilt.


More Questions

1. What is the result when the Reverend Dimmesdale tells his congregation that he is the worst of sinners?
2. What measures does Dimmesdale take in an attempt to penance for his sins?
3. Where have Hester and Pearl been before they arrive at the scaffold on their way home?
4. What does the minister reply when Pearl asks him if he will stand on the scaffold with them in broad daylight?
5. How do the other townspeople who see the red A in the sky interpret it?