The Scarlet Letter

Quotes : Explain the significance of the following quote. Where appropriate identify the speaker or who is spoken to.

“ ‘People say,’ said another, ‘that the Reverend Master Dimmesdale, her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to his heart that such a scandal has come upon his congregation.’”

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Ironically, the spectator is talking about Pearl's birth and Dimmesdale's reaction. It is noted that he takes it "grievously to his heart," but the significance comes in the fact that Dimmesdale feels that grief in more ways than anypne would ever believe.