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In the paragraph beginning: “Thus, we seem to see…” what reasons does Hawthorne set forth that might lead Dimmesdale to flee with Hester?


Hawthorne sets forth reasons that might lead Dimmesdale to flee with Hester, including that he was seeking a new life that would bring light to his presently dark one. He lives with a burden of remorse and suffering, and it is “human to avoid the peril of death and infamy” (156). He also views himself as a criminal and a hypocrite and just wants to escape from the torture of his present life.


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?