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Where have Hester and Dimmesdale decided to go when they leave Boston? Why do they choose to go to Europe rather than remain in the New World?


Hester and Dimmesdale decide to move to the Old World because its busy cities have more shelter to offer than the New World’s wilderness and forests. Dimmesdale’s health “would secure him a home only in the midst of a civilization and refinement,” and Hester has connections that can provide them with secret transportation to Europe (169-170).


More Questions

1. Where have Hester and Dimmesdale decided to go when they leave Boston? Why do they choose to go to Europe rather than remain in the New World?
2. How does it happen that Hester is acquainted with the captain of the ship now in the harbor?
3. Why does Dimmesdale consider it fortunate that the ship is not to sail for four days?
4. When Mistress Hibbins offers to introduce Dimmesdale to “yonder potentate you wot of,” to whom is she referring?