The Scarlet Letter

By the end of chapter 4, what two important facts related to Hester's situation are being concealed? Who's ruin do you Chillingworth is predicting at the end of chapter 4?


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Chillingworth confirms that he is Hester's long lost husband (we could have figured that one out!)

Chillingworth says he is here not to re-unite with Hester but to ferret out this unnamed man who slept with his wife.

I don't think Chillingworth is really after Hester. He simply wants to ruin the man responsible for making him feel like the pathetic jilted husband. Chillingworth needs to validate himself by causing the prolonged and twisted suffering of another man (Dimmesdale).