The Scarlet Letter Chapter 11 Analysis

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The Scarlet Letter by: Nathaniel Hawthorne "Come up hither, Hester, thou and little Pearl," said the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale. "Ye have both been here before, but I was not with you. Come up hither once again, and we will stand all three together!" She silently ascended the steps, and stood on the platform, holding little Pearl by the hand. The minister felt for the child's other hand, and took it. The moment that he did so, there came what seemed a tumultuous rush of new life, other life than his own, pouring like a torrent into his heart, and hurrying through all his veins, as if the mother and the child were communicating their vital warmth to his half-torpid system. The three formed an electric chain. "Minister!" whispered little…show more content…
In chapter nine The Leech talks about Chillingworth and how he has been well recieved by the towns people but not just because of his services as a physician but because of his interest in Mr. Dimmesdale. After spending time together by living in the same house even though they have seperate apartments so that Chillingworth can keep a close eye on Dimmesdale which he suspects to be Pearl's father. The towns people later on become suspicions of Chillingworht and his past some even say that he practiced "the black art, with fire brought from hell". Many townspeople look at Chillingworth as though he is Satan himself torturing Dimmesdale. Chapter ten The Leech And His Patient is about Chillingworth's "investigation" of Dimmesdale to clarify that he is the father of Pearl. Chillingwoth goes to extremes when he becomes "fiercely obsessed by his search into Dimmesdale's heart". When having a heated convesation with Dimmesdale, Chillingworth raises a question about "why a man would be willing to carry "secret sins" to his grave rather than confess them during his lifetime." Dimmesdale reminds Chillingworth that most men do not confess their sins and that they are rewarded peace. But Pearl shocks the men in this chapter when she and Hester show up and Pearl flicks a prickly bur and Dimmesdale. And then announces to her mother "Come away, or yonder old Black Man will catch you! He hath got hold of the minister…show more content…
"to something inimical to his peace" Decorously: in keeping with good taste and propriety; polite and restrained. "that she would behave more decorously little Pearl" Emaciated: abnormally thin or weak, esp. because of illness or a lack of food. "confronting the emaciated and white-cheeked minister" Balked: A go-around is an aborted landing of an aircraft which is on final approach. "sensetive reserve had balked this scheme" Efficacious : (typically of something inanimate or abstract) successful in producing a desired or intended result; effective. "a highly respectable, efficausious, and unamiable variety" Introspection: the examination or observation of one's own mental and emotional processes. "He thus typed the constant introspection" Inpalpable: unable to be felt by touch. "the whole universe is false,-it is inpapable" Scurrilous: making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation. "intending a scurrilous jest" Pages and Chapers Read: Sunday: Chapter 9 page 114- Chapter 10 page 124 Monday: Chapter 10 page 124- Chapter 12 page 135 Tuesday: Chapter 12 page 135- Chapter 13 page

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