The Scarlet Letter

The following quotation is ironic. It also reveals Hawthorne's tone. "Such was the exalted position which the minister occupied. Meanwhile Hester Prynne was standing beside the scaffold of the pillory, with the scarlet letter still burning on her breast!"

chapter 23

Explain the irony and tone

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Dimmesdale received respect and status from the town while letting Hester take the full brunt of his sin. There is a tone of damnation for Dimondale’s cowardess.