Dimmesdale is doomed. He is in constant physical, emotional, and mental pain. Agony embedded inside him until death can end his torture. “It had now become a constant habit, rather than a casual gesture, to press his hand over his heart” (98).
Arthur is divine. He is an attraction to many people and described as angelic in this novel. Some individuals go as far to say “ that if Mr. Dimmesdale were really going to die, it was cause enough, that the world was not worthy to be any longer trodden by his feet” (97).
Dimmesdale is desperate. Clearly he seeks reassurance from Chillingworth not only for medical conditions but also to comfort his sin by agreeing that a man may hide his shame “by the very constitution of their nature. Guilty as they may be, retaining, nevertheless, a zeal for God’s glory and man’s welfare, they shrink from displaying themselves black and filthy in the view of men; because, thenceforward, no good can be achieved by them; no evil of the past be redeemed by better service.” (105)