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The Scarlet Letter is a unified masterfully written novel It is structured around three crucial scaffold scenes and three major characters that are all related The story is about Hester Prynne who is given a scarlet letter to wear as a symbol of her adultery Her life is closely tied to two men Roger Chillingworth her husband and Arthur Dimmesdale her minister and the father of her child Her husband is an old misshapen man who Hester married while still in Europe Chillingworth sends her ahead of him to New England and then does not follow her or correspond with her for two years Ironically he shows up on the day that Hester is publicly punished for her sin of adultery It is the first of the three scaffold scenes Hester stands alone clutching her infant Chillingworth and Dimmesdale stand in the crowd watching her Chillingworth is incensed over her sinfulness and vows to find out the identity of her partner so that he can have his revenge Chillingworth tries to make Hester divulge the identity of her lover but she staunchly refuses It does not take Chillingworth long however to ascertain that Arthur Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl The minister who struggles to hide his sin from his congregation is tormented by Chillingworth As a result Dimmesdale suffers from failing health as well as from his guilt He tries to confess and cannot find the courage to do it He even mounts the scaffold one night and calls Hester and Pearl to his side -- but it is under the cover of darkness Unfortunately Chillingworth watches this second scaffold scene in the darkness He now has his final proof that Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl His revenge intensifies Hester realizes
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