The Scarlet Letter

What happens after Dimmesdale rips open his shirt?

Chapter 23

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"For an instant the gaze of the horror-stricken multitude was concentrated on the ghastly miracle; while the minister stood with a flush of triumph in his face, as one who, in the crisis of acutest pain, had won a victory. Then, down he sank upon the scaffold!"


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