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In the novel The Scarlet Letter there are many characters Out of the four important characters in the novel Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale has the best story Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale has a very important role in the book because if he was not in it there would be no book Arthur Dimmesdale was the fellow adulterer the father of the elf-child Pearl and the minister of the town Dimmesdale was a person of very striking aspect with a white lofty and impending brow large brown melancholy eyes and a mouth which unless when he forcibly compressed it was apt to be tremulous expressing both nervous sensibility and a vast power of self-restraint Notwithstanding his high native gifts and scholar-like attainments there was an air about this young minister - an apprehensive a startled a half-frightened look-as of being who felt himself quite astray and at a loss in the pathway of human existence and could only be at ease in some seclusion of his own Therefore so far as his duties would permit he trod in the shadowy by-paths and thus kept himself simple and childlike coming forth when occasion was with a freshness and fragrance and dewy purity of thought which as many people said affected them like the speech of an angel Hawthorne 47 This is saying that he was very sensorial and ascetic person As an ordained minister he is well educated and he has a philosophical turn of mind However he is very modest and the persuasiveness of his sermons is of a quite kind According to Hawthorne he is very liked by the people of the town because they believe that he is a very heavily devoted servant of God In any case Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is not God because he made one flaw that he could not publicly acknowledge that he committed adultery with Hester Prynne and is the father of her little girl Pearl
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