The Scarlet Letter

3. How does Dimmesdale feel about thw way his parishioners treat him?

chp 11-14

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Dimmesdale sees hid physical and Psychological suffering as a testament to how he is perceived as a man of God. The more he suffers , the more captivated his parishioners become. This self torture becomes Dimmesdale's ticket to absolution (so he thinks) in the eyes of parishioners who do not even yet know his sin.