The Scarlet Letter

Dimmesdale's listeners consider her sermon inspirational. What is their evaluation of his character? Explain the irony in that assessment.

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Dimmesdale finishes his sermon, and the crowd erupts in loud applause. The crowd finds his suffering to be Christ-like and somehow heroic. hey are, however, left speechless and bewildered when Dimmesdale makes his final public confession of his sin.