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What is the link that binds Hester to Dimmesdale?


The link that binds Hester to Dimmesdale is the “iron link of mutual crime, which neither he nor she could break” (111). Hester feels that it is her responsibility to help alleviate Dimmesdale’s despair; he sought her aid “against this instinctively discovered enemy,” and certainly had the right to because of the sin they committed together (111).


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1. What is the link that binds Hester to Dimmesdale?
2. How much time has passed since Hester first stood with the infant Pearl on the scaffold?
3. After a time, because of Hester’s charity and good works, many refuse to interpret the scarlet A by its original meaning. What do these people say the A stands for?