What does "the uninstructed multitude" feel in its heart about Roger Chillingworth? What distinction does the narrator make between what this multitude sees and what it judges in its heart?
What different interpretations do Chillingworth and Dimmesdale each give to the weeds growing on the grave?
What is the "Tongue of Flame" and why does Dimmesdale possess it?
Why do you think Hawthorne placed the events of this chapter at the center of his narrative?
How has the scarlet letter changed Hester physically and intellectually? What does the narrator mean when he writes, "The scarlet letter had not done its office."
How has Chillingworth changed since he became involved with Dimmesdale? What argument does Hester make for why Chillingworth should forgive Dimmesdale, and why does Chillingworth refuse to forgive him?
How does the narrator criticize Hester in this chapter? What new view of Pearl does Hester take and why does Hester finally reject this view?
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