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The Scarlet Letter is a story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne The storys setting is in the 1850s during the puritan times in Boston Massachusetts Roger Chillingworth was one of the main characters along with Hester Prynne and Author Dimmesdale Roger Chillingworth was a small thin and was slightly deformed in appearance with one shoulder being higher than the other He was described on page fifty-six by Hester Prynne as being remarkable intelligence in his features as of a person who had so cultivated his mental part that it could not fail to mold the physical to itself and become manifest by unmistakable tokens He spent so much of his time gaining knowledge he seemed to cut himself of from humanity He is a victim even before his arrival to the American Colonys first by being captured by savage Indians While being held captive he was presumed dead his wife Hester had a child by another man out of wedlock By the end of the book we see that Chillingworths sins are far greater than either Hesters or Authors This is first evident in the fact that he married Hester knowing she would never love him and yet he made her marry him anyway He admits this while talking to her in the jail cell Mine was the first wrong when I betrayed thy budding youth into a false and unnatural relation with my decay His second sin is allowing himself to become obsessed with vengeance against Dimmesdale But as he proceeded a terrible fascination a kind of fierce though still calm necessity seized the old man within its gripe and never set him free again until he had done all its bidding He now dug into the poor clergymans heart like a miner searching for gold or rather like a sexton
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