Hester is excited to leave Boston and her scarlet letter behind.
This is the last time all these people will see my scarlet letter before I leave on a ship.
People from everywhere come to the inauguration.
Mother, why are all these people we never see in the center of town today?
Hester finds out that Chllingworth is going to join them on the ship and then she sees him smirking at her.
"... after sustaining the gaze of the multitude through seven miserable years as a necessity... she now, for one last time more, encountered it freely and voluntarily, in order to convert what had so long been agony into a kind of triumph. 'Look your last on the scarlet letter and its wearer!'" (174).
"'Why, what is this, mother?' cried she. 'Wherefore have all the people left their work to-day? Is it a play-day for the whole world? See, there is the blacksmith... And there is Mr. Brackett, the old jailer, nodding and smiling at me. 'Why does he do so, mother?'" (176).
"But at that instant, she beheld old Roger Chillingworth himself, standing in the remotest corner of the market-place, and smiling on her" (181).