The Scarlet Letter

1. According to the narrator, who/what did Chillingworth expect to find upon his release from the natives? 2. Why are there so few physicians in the colonies?


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Chillingworth expected to find his wife Hester waiting for him. The colonies were very inhospitible places. Hawthorne noted that physicians were rare because the population was low and skilled men weren't interested. Available drugs and treatments were dispensed by druggists and surgery was often performed by barbers.

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