Scarlet Letter Chapter 20-24 Questions and Answers

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Chapter 20
“The Minister in a Maze”
1. Where have Hester and Dimmesdale decided to go when they leave Boston ? Why do they choose to go to Europe rather than remain in the New World.
He and Hester have decided to go to Europe, since it offers more anonymity and a better environment for Dimmesdale’s fragile health.
2. Why does Dimmesdale consider it fortunate that the ship is not to sail for 4 days?
He wants to give his last final and most emotionally powerful sermon on Election
Day.
3. Dimmesdale considers the timing of the ship's departure to be "most fortunate!"
Why?
He was to preach the Election Sermon and he could not have chanced upon a more suitable mode and time of terminating his professional career.
4. How was
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11. What did Pearl want from Dimmesdale that Hester would not permit?
~SAME AS QUESTION 8~
12. Hester's "spirit sank with the idea that all must have been a delusion." What's happening at this point?
~SAME AS QUESTION 9~
13. What news does the shipmaster ask Pearl to tell Hester?
~SAME AS QUESTION 10 and 2~
Chapter 23
“The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter
1. Who empowered Dimmesdale to stand on the scaffold?
Hester and Perl carry Dimmsdale to go up on the scaffold

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