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What change in Chillingworth’s appearance does Hester notice when she stops to speak to him?


Hester notices a change in Chillingworth’s appearance when she stops to speak to him. He has gone from a calm man to a fierce one, and he tries to conceal his true emotions of passion and revenge. His “former aspect of an intellectual and studious man, calm and quiet . . . had altogether vanished, and been succeeded by an eager, searching, almost fierce, yet carefully guarded look” (122). He was transforming into a “devil.”


More Questions

1. What change in Chillingworth’s appearance does Hester notice when she stops to speak to him?
2. Hester and Chillingworth each pity the other. For what does she say he pities Hester and for what does Hester pity him?
3. For what reason does Chillingworth try to persuade Hester not to reveal his identity to Dimmesdale?
4. What gesture of the Reverend Dimmesdale’s does Pearl repeatedly associate with her mother’s scarlet letter?