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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

1) Did Hester ever love Chillingworth?

Hester and Chillingworth are both aware that Hester never loved him. When they meet again in New England, she says “thou knowest that I was frank with thee. I felt no love, nor feigned any.” Chillingworth believes that Hester could not love him because of his deformity (one shoulder is higher than the other). Nonetheless, he was initially content to marry her because he appreciated her youth and beauty.