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If the townspeople have come to love Hester for her charitable works, why doesn't Hester fit into Puritan society?
The Puritans have forgiven, but not forgotten.
Because she lowers herself to help the poor and sick, she's outcasted herself, but in a different way than before.
To best help the outcasts, she must also be an outcast.
The Puritans' love is superficial; they're still not sure she won't sin again.
Hester clings to her past sin and prevents herself from fitting into society.