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What is Dimmesdale’s initial reaction when Hester reveals Chillingworth’s true identity?


Dimmesdale’s initial reaction when Hester reveals Chillingworth’s true identity includes anger mixed with his softer qualities, and this provokes a “dark transfiguration” (149). He then sinks into the ground, however, blames Hester for his suffering, and then forgives her because he realizes that Chillingworth has sinned more than either of them.


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