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In chapter 20 of Nathaniel Hawthornes novel The Scarlet Letter Hester and Dimmesdale plan to leave the colony on the fourth day en route for the Old World Dimmesdales decision to leave with Hester fills him with a sense of freedom from his place of torture Boston By creating false hopes for the future he relinquishes his suffering from his guilt conscience When Dimmesdale returns from the forest he is not sure that the recent event with Hester and Pearl was really true But seeing and Hester and Pearl revives his dreams of a better future together Their meeting has changed him he sees everything differently Suddenly he feels the freedom to do things that he might have done before He meets several people along the way home in which he has impulses to do wick and evil things The first person he meets is the one of the oldest Deacons of his congregation He is tempted to say evil things about the Communion Supper one of the most scared of Puritan churches Dimmesdale continues onward and meets the eldest female member of his church He again is tempted to tell her an unanswerable argument against the immortality of the human soul The next person he meets is the youngest female member of his parish He has to restrain himself from whispering wick and evil things that might mislead her Next he meets a group of young Puritan children He must stop himself from teaching them evil words He walks onward and meets a drunken seamen from the ship on which he will sail He wants greets the sailor and preach to him He again restrains himself The last person he meets is Mistress Hibbins She wants know if he had been with the Black Man in the forest Dimmesdale responds to her that he was with his friend Apostle Eliot Hibbins does not believe him
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