Dimmesdale is right and has a good point in the beginning of this quote. The reason is because he says “Men who have unconfessed sins shrink from displaying themselves slack and filth in the view of many men.” What he is saying is that if someone has unconfessed sins and does not confess they are just slack and filth. The part Dimmesdale is wrong in is that he that “thence forward no good can be achieved by them; no evil of the past can be redeemed by better service.” What he is saying is if someone sins they cannot be forgiven. That is just wrong because Hester is being forgiven, very slowly, but forgiven. Another reason is that God forgives everyone and that’s why he died so he could make up for all of our sins.
Dimmesdale is a priest that is cold hearted and needs to confess of his sin. So what does he mean in this Quote “[Men who have unconfessed sins] shrink from displaying themselves slack and filth, in the view of men; because thence forward no good can be achieved by them; no evil of the past can be redeemed by better service.” Is Dimmesdale right in this Quote? No! The reason for this answer is he has a good point in the beginning but is just being hard on himself and others. Dimmesdale can be forgiven if he would just confess the sin to Chillingworth.