Pg. 79- “A strange child!” remarked Roger Chillingworth “It is easy to see the mother’s
part in her.
“Would it be beyond a philosopher’s research, think ye, gentlemen, to
analyze that child’s nature, and, from its make, mould, to give a shrewd guess at the
He wants to analyze Pearl’s traits to see who is most similar to her appearances
They don’t want to because they consider it sinful and will fast and pray
before the father is confessed.
Pg.81 Unknown to all but Hester Pyrnne, and possessing the lock and key of her silence,
he chose to withdraw his name from the roll of mankind, and , as regarded his former ties
and interests, to vanish out of life as completely as if he indeed lay at the bottom of the
ocean, whither rumor had long ago consigned him.
All his studies, at a previous period of his life, had made him extensively acquainted wit
the medical scene of the day, it was as a physician that he represented himself and as such
was cordially received.
Skillful men, of the medical and chirugical profession, were rare
occurrences in the colony.
The only surgeon was one who combined the occasioinal exercise of that noble art with
the daily and habitual flourish of a razor.
To such a professional body Roger
Chillingworth was a brilliant acquisition.
Pg.82-In his Indian captivity, morever, he had gained much knowledge of the properties
of native herbs and rootrs; nor did he conceal from his patients that these simple
medicines, Nature’s boon to the ujntuored savage, had quite as large a share of his own
confidence as the European pharmacopoeia, which so many learned doctors had spent
centuries in elaborating.
83- He was heard to speak of Sir Kenelm Digby and other famous men-whose scientific
atatainments were esteemed hardly less than supernatural-as having been his
correspondents or associates,
Why, with such rank in the learned world, had he come
What could he, whose sphere was a great cities, be seeking in the wilderness?
answer to this query, a rumor gained ground-however absurd, was entertained by some
very sensible people,-that Heaven had wrought an absolute miracle, by transporting an
eminent Doctor of Physic, from a German university, bodily through the air and setting
him down of Mr. Dimmesdale’s study!