I dont know? Thats why i asked the question?
Answers 1Add Yours
I think we see Hester dealing with her "shame" all the way through the novel. She accepts it and publicly suffers with grace. He is sort of a Job-figure from the Old Testament. Dimmesdale hides his agony and shame. His secrets basically kill him. Dimmesdale falls apart in public. He finally does right publicly, but it is too late for his tortured body and soul.