Chapter 3 -- The Recognition

12. When Hester saw the white man at the edge of the crowd, what did she instinctually do? What was his response to her recognition?

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She recognizes the white man as Roger Chillingworth, her husband, who sent her to America and remained in Amsterdam. Hester fearfully clutches Pearl harder, which again causes her child to cry out in pain.

Roger Chillingworth asks a bystander who Hester is and what her crime was. The man informs him of her past, telling that she was sent to Boston to await her husband, but she ended up with a child instead.