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In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale unquestionably suffers more than Hester Prynne his accomplice in the affair that took place years ago He is tortured by Roger Chillingworth Hesters husband who arrives in Boston and begins to assist Dimmesdale with his illness He is also tormented by Pearl Hester and Dimmesdales daughter who is a product of the affair He also injures himself as the shame of the incident literally makes him sick These persons including himself contribute to Reverend Arthur Dimmesdales potential downfall Roger Chillingworth arrives in Boston and ironically the first scene he views is his wife Hester Prynne serving her three-hour sentence of standing on the pillory As he comes out of the woods with a big Indian he joins the crowd At which time we are immediately informed of his physical description We are told he is short has one shoulder higher than the other and looks intelligent however there was not something right about him his look became keen and penetrative p54 In the next chapter we are told that Chillingworth is Hesters husband They do not have the same name however because Chillingworth wishes to avoid discovery as the wronged husband and also bear Hesters ignominy Roger Chillingworth gains a good reputation as the best and only physician in Boston Coincidentally Dimmesdale grows sick and he is forced to seek Chillingworths help Dimmesdales health started to decline to put his hand over his heart with first a flush and then a paleness indicative of pain p107 Chillingworth takes interest in Dimmesdale and sought to win a friendly regard and confidence from his naturally reserved sensibility p108 Chillingworth was happy to help his pastor back to health as it was the natural thing to do The disease was not the only thing that interested the physician but he was strangely moved to look in to the character and qualities of the patientHe deemed it essential it
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