The Scarlet Letter

in what ways has Dimmesdale's encounter with Hester affected him physically?

chapters 18-21

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Dimmesdale is happy once he makes the decision to go with Hester, and he feels that a burden of guilt has been lifted from his shoulders. Hester, in a moment of passion, says, "Let us not look back." The sunshine breaks through the darkness of lies, shame and ignorance, and for a brief moment light shines on this newly reconciled, peaceful family. The colour has come back into Dimmesdale's face and he feels a new vigour that he has not felt in years. He walks with more purpose rather than a man crushed by guilt and sin.