Hawthorne grew up in Salem but also spent time in Raymond, Maine where his mother owned property. His father, Captain Nathaniel Hathorne, Sr. He himself recognized as his mother lay dying in that his relationship with her was not quite natural:
Chapters 3—4 Summary—Chapter 3: The Recognition In the crowd that surrounds the scaffold, Hester suddenly spots her husband, who sent her to America but never fulfilled his promise to follow her.
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Though he is dressed in a strange combination of traditional European clothing and Native American dress, she is struck by his wise countenance and recognizes his slightly deformed shoulders.
The stranger tells him that Hester is the wife of a learned Englishman and had been living with him in Amsterdam when he decided to emigrate to America.
The learned man sent Hester to America first and remained behind to settle his affairs, but he never joined Hester in Boston. The stranger tells him that Hester refuses to reveal her fellow sinner. As punishment, she has been sentenced to three hours on the scaffold and a lifetime of wearing the scarlet letter on her chest.
The narrator then introduces us to the town fathers who sit in judgment of Hester: Hester says that her child will seek a heavenly father and will never know an earthly one. Hester bears the sermon patiently, hushing Pearl when she begins to scream.
At the conclusion of the sermon, Hester is led back into the prison. Read a translation of Chapter 3: The Interview Hester and her husband come face to face for the first time when he is called to her prison cell to provide medical assistance. Hester knows his true identity—his gaze makes her shudder—and she initially refuses to drink his potion.
She thinks that Chillingworth might be poisoning her, but he assures her that he wants her to live so that he can have his revenge.
In the candid conversation that follows, he chastises himself for thinking that he, a misshapen bookworm, could keep a beautiful wife like Hester happy. He urges her to reveal the identity of her lover, telling her that he will surely detect signs of sympathy that will lead him to the guilty party.
When she refuses to tell her secret, he makes her promise that she will not reveal to anyone his own identity either. Chillingworth replies that it is not the well-being of her soul that his presence jeopardizes, implying that he plans to seek out her unknown lover.
He clearly has revenge on his mind. Read a translation of Chapter 4: Her punishment is expressed in violent terms. Reverend Wilson relates an argument he had with Dimmesdale about whether to force Hester to confess in public.
They know little of human nature and judge using overarching precepts rather than the specifics of an individual situation as their guides. He is compassionate toward Hester and is able to convince Bellingham and Wilson to spare her any harsher punishment.
The emerging portrait is not altogether positive. Although Dimmesdale displays compassion and a sense of justice, he also seems spineless and somewhat sinister. The reader does not know why Dimmesdale declines to speak straightforwardly, but Hester does.
When it is later revealed that Dimmesdale is the lover she seeks to protect, his speech becomes retrospectively ironic and terribly cruel.
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