The Scarlet Letter

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

“ ‘If thou feelest to be for thy soul’s peace, and that they earthly punishment will there by be made more effectual to salvation, I charge thee to speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner and fellow-sufferer.’”

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Dimmesdale says this to Hester. The significance of this quote is he is actually giving her permission to charge him as her accomplice....... something she will not do.