In the New World, men of learning were rare. She contemplates casting it off to obtain her freedom from an oppressive society and a checkered past as well as the absence of God.
Forman was charged with trying to poison his adulterous wife and her lover. When demanded and cajoled to name the father of her child, Hester refuses. Novelist John Updike said of Prynne: She's such an arresting and slightly ambiguous figure. One evening, pulling the sleeping Dimmesdale's vestment aside, Chillingworth sees a symbol that represents his shame on the minister's pale chest.
Has he learned some sort of lesson? Because Dimmesdale's health has begun to fail, the townspeople are happy to have Chillingworth, a newly arrived physician, take up lodgings with their beloved minister.