Hester tries to convince Bellingham and his three other guests that she should keep Pearl, and Dimmesdale becomes convinced that Hester should keep the child. Pearl will not be separated from her.
Reverend Dimmesdale became very sick, so Chillingworth became his personal physician. The two men spent a lot of time together and they became fascinated with each other. Chillingworth became suspicious and wanted to know even more about Dimmesdale, so he moved in with him.
As Chillingworth gets more curious about Dimmesdale's dark secret, he brings up the conversation about being honest and confessing sins. Dimmesdale gets very defensive. When Dimmesdale falls asleep one day, chillingworth finds something on his chest and becomes very happy.