Scarlet Letter Notes Ch. 8-10

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Scarlet Letter Notes
American Lit. ACC Per. 1
9/17/11
Chapters 8-10

Plot-
(Chapter 8)
Hester and Pearl meet Governor and guests.
Governor and Wilson call Pearl a child of Satan or sin?
Governor wants to remove Pearl from Hester’s care
Hester says she can teach Pearl from her mistakes.
Wilson questions Pearl regarding Christian faith.
Pearl tries to escape through the window and refuses to answer his questions even though she probably would of gotten them right. Pearl announces she was not made but plucked from the rose bush. Wilson states Pearl should not be with Hester

Hester argues her case but the governor and Wilson don’t listen to her so she goes to Dimmesdale for help. Dimmesdale comes to her aid and argues her case.
Succeeds and Minister and Governor rests the case.
Pearl shows a sign of love towards Dimmesdale and he kisses her on her brow in return. Chillingworth tries to get the men to look for the father.
Men refuse his plan.
Governor’s sister invites Hester to witch’s ceremony. Hester refuses (CHAPTER9)
Describes Chillingworth.
He left behind his entire identity after he found out that his wife committed adultery. He severed all ties with his past life and created a new identity as the town physician. The people like him because of his vast knowledge of herbs and medicine that he learned from being with native Americans for a long time. Treats Reverend Dimmesdale.

People start to wonder if Dimmesdale wants to die or something else after he refuses treatment but later on accepts. Chillingworth scrutinizes Dimmesdale’s actions and finds something suspicious in them. The two men reside in the same house so that Chillingworth can take care of him. Dimmesdale has no interest in marrying any of the townswomen. They have live in two completely different kinds of rooms (holy vs. scientific) People start to wonder about the physician and the more they look at him his face becomes more evil and sooty. They began the theory that the...
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