Scarlet Letter Reading Questions chapters 3-4

Describer the man who is standing on the outskirts of the crowd. -He is accompanied with an Indian. He has a crooked shoulder and is dressed in a mix of European clothing and native American dress. He has a wise aura and Hester notices him immediately. -A small looking old man in native clothes
What gesture does he make to Hester that suggests he knows her? -The man raises his fingers to his lip and looks directly at hester. He does this to make sure Hester does not reveal his identiy. -Laid his finger over his lips telling her to be quiet
What does the stranger learn from the townsman next to him? -The stranger asks a townsman what hesters crime is. The man tells him that she was the wife of an Englishmen and that he sent his wife first to America and would later join him. The huband never came to Boston and that hester had a baby with a man whose identity she will not reveal. -Hester was the wife of a man who wanted to move to America but sent her first and never came and she won’t reveal the father
Who is the father of Hester’s baby? she wont say
What is the usual punishment for adultery? Why is Hester’s punishment less severe? -Death, Hesters punishment is less severe because she would not say who the father is.
What are Hester’s feelings toward the stranger? -She is shocked to see him, she seems nervous to see him. -She is afraid of him
Who is Bellingham? John Wilson? -Bellingham is the governor-John Wilson is a minster who came from England who established puritan churches in the new world. -They both are judging hester and what her fate will be.
What do Bellingham and Wilson want Hester to do? -Bellingham and Wilson want hester to reveal the identity of the father.
Describe Dimmesdale. -Young man who achieved fame in England as a theologioan and then emigreated to America-He has gray eyes, and is elopquent.
What is his relationship to Hester? What does he ask her to reveal? -I think he is her lover, asks her to reveal the childs fathers identiy.
Why won’t Hester name the child’s father? -Hester wont name the childs father because she loves him.
1. How does Hester act when she returns to prison? -She enters in a state of nervous excitement
Why does the jailer call a doctor? -he thinks that a doctor is needed to calm down hesters mood and the baby needs care because it was writhing in convulsions of pain.
What is the doctor’s name? -Roger Chillingworth
Where did the “doctor” learn his skill? -His old studies in alchemy. As well as from the instruction of the savages or native Americans,
Quote 2 lines that indicate the doctor and Hester know each other before this meeting. -“Dost thou know me so little, Hester Prynne?” -68-“from the moment we came down…a married pair” -69
What is the relationship between Chillingworth and Hester? -Husband and wife
Why should Hester’s marriage be a failure? -She has committed adultery in the absence of her husband, whom she says she never loved.
Did Hester ever love her husband? Quote Hester to support your answer. -No, “thou knowest I was frank with thee. I felt no love, nor gained any”- 69
What does Chillingworth vow to do? -Chillingworth vows to find the idenetiy of her lover.
What secret does Chillingworth ask Hester to keep? That they are husband and wife
What symbol is introduced for Chillingworth in Hester’s final lines in this chapter? The black man or devil.

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