The Scarlet Letter

Describe the relationship between Dimmesdale and Chillingsworth.

Chapter 9

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In this relationship, Dimmesdale is subject to the "whims" of Chillingworth. Chillingworth acts as if he wants to help Dimmesdale and improve his health; however, he is somewhat suspicious of Dimmesdale and is trying to get him to confess whatever is bothering him. Since Hester has told no one that Chillingworth is her husband, no one is really suspicious of him, but he seems to be drawing the life out of Dimmesdale.