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What is the irony in the people's reverence for Dimmesdale?
He's not as well educated as the less-favored ministers.
If he were to get well, they wouldn't find him as holy.
The more they love him, the more Dimmesdale hates himself.
They find spiritual strength in Dimmesdale's spiritual weakness.
Dimmesdale is an abject sinner, yet the people think he is holier than anyone else.