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Why is Hester better prepared to make the decision to go away than Dimmesdale is?


Hester is better prepared than Dimmesdale to make the decision to go away because she is used to a life of isolation, and her outlook on “human institutions” is from a secluded point of view. Hester’s “scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread” (155). Dimmesdale, however, “had never gone through an experience calculated to lead him beyond the scope of generally received laws” (155).


More Questions

1. Why is Hester better prepared to make the decision to go away than Dimmesdale is?
2. In the paragraph beginning: “Thus, we seem to see…” what reasons does Hawthorne set forth that might lead Dimmesdale to flee with Hester?
3. When Pearl demands that Hester put the scarlet letter on her dress again, does she pick it up and take it to her mother? Why?
4. When Hester has replaced the scarlet letter, Pearl kisses her. Immediately thereafter, Pearl does something that causes Hester to say: “That was not kind!” To what action is Hester referring?