The Scarlet Letter

Toward the end of chapter 21, the Puritan elders smile "at the clamor and rude deportment" of a group of sailors. Who is seen talking to the shipmasters ?

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Roger Chillingworth

"Thus, the Puritan elders, in their black cloaks, starched bands, and steeple-crowned hats, smiled not unbenignantly at the clamor and rude deportment of these jolly seafaring men; and it excited neither surprise nor animadversion when so reputable a citizen as old Roger Chillingworth, the physician, was seen to enter the market-place, in close and familiar talk with the commander of the questionable vessel."


The Scarlet Letter/ Chapter 21