The Scarlet Letter

What were symptoms of Mr. Dimmesdale's failing health?

Ch. 8:The Leech

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Dimmesdale had really pale cheeks, his voice was fading and he had chest pains.

"By those best acquainted with his habits, the paleness of the young minister’s cheek was accounted for by his too earnest devotion to study....his voice, though still rich and sweet, had a certain melancholy prophecy of decay in it; he was often observed, on any slight alarm or other sudden accident, to put his hand over his heart, with first a flush and then a paleness, indicative of pain."

He is thin, tired, and depressed, and often observed to put his hand over his heart, as if he is in pain.


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