The Scarlet Letter

Dimmesdale meets Mistress Hibbins and finally arrives home. Who visits him there? What does Dimmesdale do when his visitor leaves after he has eaten?

In chapter 20.

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Roger Chillingworth visits him. After his visitor leaves;

"Left alone, the minister summoned a servant of the house, and requested food, which, being set before him, he ate with ravenous appetite. Then, flinging the already written pages of the Election Sermon into the fire, he forthwith began another, which he wrote with such an impulsive flow of thought and emotion, that he fancied himself inspired; and only wondered that Heaven should see fit to transmit the grand and solemn music of its oracles through so foul an organ-pipe as he."


The Scarlet Letter/ Chapter 20