The Scarlet Letter

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What are the major differences that Hester and Dimmesdale have about the "sin" they have committed? How have both the characters dealt with it? Quote that supports the answer please?!

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"Notwithstanding his high native gifts and scholar-like attainments, there was an air about this young minister— an apprehensive, a startled, a half-frightened look—as of a being who felt himself quite astray, and at a loss in the pathway of human existence, and could only be at ease in some seclusion of his own."

Dimmesdale seems ill-at-ease and frightened.

‘I will not speak!’ answered Hester, turning pale as death, but responding to this voice, which she too surely recognised. ‘And my child must seek a heavenly father; she shall never know an earthly one!’

Hester holds her sin dear. She loves her daughter and will implicate no one as an accomplice. She is willing to bear her shame alone.


The Scarlet Letter