"He has been conscious of me. He has felt an influence dwelling always upon him like a curse. He knew, by some spiritual sense,—for the Creator never made another being so sensitive as this,—he knew that no friendly hand was pulling at his heart-strings, and that an eye was looking curiously into him, which sought only evil, and found it."
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Answered by Aslan
Yikes, Chillingworth has been bitter and out for revenge for the better part of seven years. Most people would have moved on but not Chillingworth. After being abandoned by Hester and rendered a cuckold, Chillingworth wants some major payback.