“ ‘Hester Prynne’ cried he, with a piercing earnestness ‘in the name of Him, so terrible and so merciful, who gives me grace, at this last moment, to do what- for my own heavy sin and miserable agony- I withheld myself from doing seven years ago, come hither now, and twine thy strength about me!”
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Answered by jill d #170087
Dimmesdale is publicly taking responsibility for Hester and Pearl, and in turn has received a sense of comfort from God. He credits God's grace for his ability to ask Hester for her strength. Quite moving!