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Secrets, Facades, and MoralsHester “felt herself no longer so inadequate to cope with Roger Chillingworth as on that night, abased by sin, and half maddened by the ignominy that was still new, when they had talked together in the prison-chamber. She had climbed her way, since then, to a higher point” (138). At the beginning of Chapter 2, Hester first sees Roger Chillingworth in the audience as she is standing on the scaffold. There, he took “possession of her thoughts” (52), filling her with such fear that she pressed her child close to her bosom with a “convulsive force” (52). Later on, Roger Chillingworth visits Hester in her prison cell, and is revealed to be her husband, someone who has been missing for the past two years. Throughout Chapters …show more content…
Chillingworth’s goal was to “ruin” (65) Dimmesdale's soul, an act that continued to fuel his vengeance and fill his own soul with darkness. His entire demeanor was affected by this purpose; while he did attempt to hide what he felt internally by acting “calm , gentle, [and] passionless”, he failed and showed his “active” “malice” that “led him to imagine a more intimate revenge than any mortal has ever wreaked upon an enemy” (116). The significance of the immorality of his plan further shows how he was inhumane, more like a Devil than a person. Chillingworth “brought himself” “below” “her level” “ by the revenge which he has stooped for,” (138) because it filled him with such hatred that it drained him of morality and humanity, making him lower than Hester and ultimately less powerful. Hester on the other hand, wanted to repent for previous transgressions, doing this by utilizing her flaming passion for charity. She became known as one “who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, [and] so comfortable to the afflicted” (134-135). Her Scarlet Letter stopped being interpreted “by its original signification”, and now “meant Able” (134) instead. This new purpose in life brought her higher than Chillingworth and put her in a higher position of power due to its emphasis on

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