The Scarlet Letter

Is the narrator sympathetic to Hester Prynne? Is he "on her side" or not? Explain.

Use ONE example from chapter 8.

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The narrator seems to be sympathetic to Hester because he allows the men to be persuaded by Dimmesdale's support of Hester wanting to keep her child. We, as readers, can view this as a mother's desire to keep her child close, and most readers would be sympathetic to that motherly desire.