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Why doesn’t Chillingworth assert his rights as Hester’s husband?

When he arrived at the colony, Hester was being punished for adultery. If he asserts his rights, he will be dishonored as well just for being her husband.

A difference of opinions arises over the cause of Dimmsdale’s failing health. Compare the townspeople’s opinion to Dimmsdale’s.

The townspeople think he is ill because he is too devoted to his religious studies and work. He thinks he is being punished by God because he is unfit to fulfill his mission here on Earth.

Why does Dimmsdale reject Chillingworth’s offer of help? What finally persuades him to accept the offer?

Dimmedale believes his condition to be spiritual and therefore no earthly doctor can help. He felt guilty for continually turning away an offer for help and possibly didn't want Chillingsworth to become more suspicious, so he accepted his help.

Explain the ambiguity of the chapter’s title, “The Leech.

Leech is a bad term for someone - there are two prominent characters in this chapter so we don't know who the leech is referring to.

The passage sets up an interesting contrast between two types of men. What is this contrast, and how is it likely to shape the future of the novel?

Chillingsworth is a man of science whereas Dimmesdale is a man of faith. While Dimmesdale has been taught to accept everything, Chillingsworth has been taught to question everything. In the future, we are likely to see more of Chillingsworth questioning Dimmesdale's actions.

Describe Chillingwoth’s method for treating illness.

He acts as more of a psychologist towards Dimmesdale, even through actual use of herbs, everything he does is for the purpose of seeing how Dimmesdale reacts.

Describe the relationship between Dimmsdale and Chillingworth.

There is an intellectual intimacy. As Chillingsworth probes at Dimmesdale's heart and soul, Dimmesdale is attracted to Chillingsworth's liberal views.

Some people in the community feel that God sent Chillingworth to heal their minister, but other people have a different view. Explain the second view about Chillingworth.

Some people believed that he was Satan, or there on behalf of Satan, to plot against Dimmesdal'e soul.

How do the people explain “the gloom and terror in the depths of the poor minister’s eyes”?

They think he is being haunted by the devil (Chillingsworth).

What is suggested by the names Chillingworth and Dimmsdale?

Chillingsworth has the world chilling in it which relates to fear. Dimmesdale has the word dim in it which relates to a loss of light (life).