# Notice that Chillingworth is called a "leech" in the chapters in which he interacts with Dimmesdale, but a "physician" in this interaction with Hester. Considering the definition of "leech," what do you suppose is Hawthorne’s point in using these two desi

Notice that Chillingworth is called a "leech" in the chapters in which he interacts with Dimmesdale, but a "physician" in this interaction with Hester. Considering the definition of "leech," what do you suppose is Hawthorne’s point in using these two designations? In Chapter 14.

Chillingworth acts as physician to Hester, he has no plans to take his revenge out on her. Dimmesdale, however, is a different story. Chillingworth wants to suck the life right out of him.....

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The Scarlet Letter