CHS. 9-10 To be a leach was literally to be a doctor; this was an idiom of the time/region; however, what does this symbolize in terms of Chillingworth’s relationship to Hester? We learn that Chillingworth was indeed captured by Indians, which accounts for his time lost (also mentioned in ch. 4 if you didn’t pick up on it).
CHS. 9-10 The people of the town assign Chillingworth to care for the young minister Dimmesdale who clutches his chest from an unexplainable pain. He moves in with him. Why is Hawthorne showing us all this? Why Dimmesdale?
CHS. 9-10 In conversation with Dimmesdale, Chillingworth makes the following remark: “…some men bury their secrets…[These men] fear to take up the shame that rightfully belongs to them.” What does this reveal about both Dimmesdale & Chillingworth?
SOCRATIC SEMINAR REMINDERS Let’s review the discussion format. Have your prep. notes ready for class beforehand. If you are finishing them as class starts, you will be instantly reduced from a potential 15/15 to 10/15 points for them.
GROUP ASSIGNMENT: CHARACTER BIOGRAPHY You will begin this today. You will be grouped, you will outline, & you will answer the assignment criteria on a given character (Hester, or Pearl, or Chillingworth, or Dimmesdale. Thursday is the seminar, but Friday we’ll add to this assignment with a gallery walk (which I’ll explain at the beginning of class Friday).