The people of Boston gather in the market place to witness Reverend Dimmesdale's speech.
Mother, will he embrace me today?
Not today, child.
Dimmesdale approaches the speech with confidence and looks healthy.
I am so ready for this speech!
Hester speaks to the captain of the ship, who tells her that Chillingworth is coming too.
Such great news! Doctor Chillingworth will come too!
" And will the minister be there?...And will he hold out both his hands to me, as when thou ledst me to him from the brook-side?"
"It was the observation of those who beheld him now that never, since Mr. Dimmesdale first set his foot on the New England shore, had he exhibited such energy as was seen in the gait and air with which he kept his pace in the procession."
"Why, know you not?... that this physician here---Chillingworth, he calls himself---is minded to try my cabin-fare with you? Ay, ay, you must have known it; for he tells me he is of your party, and a close friend to the gentleman you spoke of,---he that is in peril from these sour old Puritan rulers."