In the beginning of chapter 13, Hester Pyrnne is very disappointed and shocked to see the condition of Mr. Dimmesdale. He seems as though he is completely ruined and very weak like a child. Pearl is now seven years old.
Many people now recognize the scarlet letter as a much known object compared to what they were acting toward it before. Now they interpret a different kind of meaning to it: they recognize it as an A for Able. The people of the town are now delighted to admit the Hester Pyrnne was a member of their town.
This chapter also includes how Hestergrew very strong being a single parent and surviving these seven years with the town people's bickering about her and her daughter.Hester Pyrnne questions herself very often about the role of womanhood.
Hester asks whether it's better for a woman to live or not live just because they are women,even the happiest of them. She also recognized women as the host of difficulties. In this chapter Nathanial Hawthorne writes how the scarlet letter had not done what it was supposed to:humiliate Hester Pyrnne.
In the beginning of chapter 14 Hester and the physician, Roger Chillingworth, who is also her husband are walking along the water, or the beach. Roger Chillingworth then tells Hester how the council is considering whether the scarlet letter should be taken off or not .
As they are taking to each other Hester reveals to her husband who her unknown love partner is. She tells him that he is the closest person to her. She also tells Roger that the sinner had walked behind his every footstep and that he did not recognize who Roger was and it was because of her promise to Roger Chillingworth.
Roger is not totally shocked because he knew that the sinner, or minister, always felt like he had a curse upon him when he came near Roger. Roger now wants to get revenge from him, however, Hester pleads for her lover's mercy. Hester comes to a conclusion that she must tell Dimmesdale that Roger is her husband.
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