The Scarlet Letter

chillingworth is described as "a miner searching for gold." Interpret this description. State the effect this investigation has on dimmesdale

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Chillingworth is described as a leech sucking the blood and soul out of the patient, hence the title of the chapter. The metaphor of a minor digging for gold (the truth of Hester's partner in infidelity) while destroying what holds it,

"He now dug into the poor clergyman's heart, like a miner searching for gold; or, rather, like a sexton delving into a grave, possibly in quest of a jewel that had been buried on the dead man's bosom, but likely to find nothing save mortality and corruption."