Hester decides that she should confront Chillingworth about treating Dimmesdale badly. When she sees him in public, he tells her that because of her good doings, the main people of the town are considering letting her remove the scarlet letter, but Hester assures Chillingworth that she has grown into the letter and thinks of it as a permanent part of herself. Hester also mentions to Chillingworth that the truth of Chillingworth should be revealed to Dimmesdale and he knows that Hester is aware that he also knows. Chillingworth is acknowledged as being evil and Hester believes she deserves the credit for making this happen and wants him to get back to his old ways. Chillingworth however does not support this reform and demands that Hester leave him alone.