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The Scarlet Letter

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Dimmesdale's energy

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In the procession,

Dimmesdale appears energetic and without a feebleness of step. (196)

What does Hawthorne want the reader to think is the reason?

A

Hester's love has strengthened Dimmesdale.

B

His religious vocation gives strength to Dimmesdale.

C

Dimmesdale had the ability to be strong-willed all along.

D

Knowing he'll soon be free, Dimmesdale is a changed man.

E

The chance to make an important speech energizes Dimmesdale.