How do you explain the Scarlet A on Arthur Dimmesdale’s chest?
a) It was a self-inflicted torture begun on the day Hester first donned her own ignominious badge.
b) Roger Chillingworth caused it to appear with the use of magic and poisonous drugs.
c) It was a visible symbol of remorse from his inmost heart manifested by Heaven’s dreadful judgment.
d) None of the above. It wasn’t really there. He didn’t really admit to any wrong doing. Nothing to see here folks, just a poor, sainted Pastor acting out his last sermon with his dying breath as a parable that in the view of Infinite Purity, we are sinners alike.
Don’t worry, this is an open book test. Feel free to review the first pages of Chapter XXIV The Conclusion and come to your own answer.