I'm confused about the characters of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingword... I think that the public sinner is Hester, because people already know about ehr sin, adultery and they punish her. However, Dimmesdale hide his sin, so the private sinner is Dimmesdale.. Is it right? How about Chillingword...?
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The public sinner is, of course, poor Hester. Dimmesdale is the private sinner. His guilt eats him up but he remains hidden for much of the book. Chillingworth is private too. He keeps his secrets close to him and acts out his twisted motivations behind the scenes (like tormenting Dimmesdale).