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Hester urges Dimmesdale to leave Boston and begin a new life. What possibilities does she suggest for his future career?


Hester suggests “a teacher and apostle of the red men,” a wise scholar, or to “Preach! Write! Act!” for Dimmesdale’s future career (153). She wants him to “do anything, save to lie down and die!” (153).


More Questions

1. What are Hester’s reasons for not wanting to visit Dimmesdale in his own study?
2. Why does Pearl tell Hester “the sunshine does not love you”?
3. What is Dimmesdale’s initial reaction when Hester reveals Chillingworth’s true identity?
4. Hester urges Dimmesdale to leave Boston and begin a new life. What possibilities does she suggest for his future career?