The Scarlet Letter

Explain the meaning and significance of the following statements by chillingworth. "Wherever there is heart and an intellect, the diseases of the physical frame are tinged with the peculiarities of these."

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Chillingworth is commenting on what prolonged stress can do to the body. Psychological stress impacts the body by draining it of life and vitality. Both Dimmesdale and Chillingworth are great examples of this.