1. The narrator points out that Hester wants to go away to Europe and nobody will think anything about it they won't really question it or anything, but if Dimmsdale tried to escape suddenly, everyone in the town will wonder why and what he is doing and they will question it.
2. Sunshine has been mentioned a few times throughout this book. The last time we talked about sunshine, Hester couldn't catch it for her daughter, Pearl. But now things have changed and a burden has been lifted because Hester and DImmsdale had that talk that they needed and Pearl knows her father and such and now it is noticable that the sunlight is coming to Hester once again.
1. I think they will begin to question if he is the father of Pearl.
2. I believe this means Hester can finally catch the elusive sunshine which is happiness.
1. Hawthorne points out that the last seven years of isolation, shame, and the harshness of others have helped Hester mature and be more independent which will make it easier for her to leave and to take care of herself, Pearl, and Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale's last seven years have caused him to suffer and grow weak. If he left he may not be able to take care of himself as well. Hawthorne also points out that his last sin has made him so frail, that if he were to sin again, it would probably break him. Also, Dimmesdale's duties as a minister tie him down to the town and he can't pick up and leave as easily.
2. I think the title of this chapter represents the flood of relief and joy that Hester and Dimmesdale found when they made their plans to leave, but just like the sunshine in the forest, it might not stay as long as they want.
1. Also, leaving would basically be a confession for Dimmsdale, because the townspeople would eventually come to that conclusion.
2. Hester and Dimmesdale definitely found relief and joy in this chapter but i agree that sometimes good things only stay for a while.
1. I agree with your assessment, also Dimmsdale looks highly on himself and his importance.
1. That's a good point about each other's own frailty. However, together they can come back to life. Hester became her more feminine self in this chapter and so can Dimmesdale but with his manly self not this self-pitying, complaining little twit.
1. Hester has no problem leaving town because she is not important to the town her presence will not likely be missed. Dimmsdale leaving would panic the town with him the town will have no priest. Dimmsdale is also hurt from sickness and may need to heal.
2. This title is significant because the sun comes out and everyone is happy. It is a new chapter in Hester and Dimmsdale's life. They give up their sins and forgive themselves and prepare to leave.
I found it ironic that it took this much time and a very bad man to bring them together finally.
I don't agree that it should have taken years but sometimes things do take time. Although, in no reason should this have taken this long.
This is a book where things must be overly dramatic so that it sells. The thing keeping them apart was Dimmesdale's pride. If he could just have said from the beginning that he is Pearl's father then story would have been less than 20 pages.
I find it ironic as well but then again it is a book that's main goal is to sell so it has to be over dramatic.
1. Hester could easily leave because over the past few years she has been viewed as an "outlaw" and she wasn't very important in the town. Dimmsdale, however, is sick and feels that he needs to die in the town.
2. The title chapter is significant because it symbolizes the love in Hester and Dimmsdale's hearts that "must always create a sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world." (Pg. 139)
1. Dimmesdale is also very well-liked and respected, and would have a hard time leaving unnoticed.
2. It shows that after all this time, they can be happy about what they are doing.
2. I agree it can also mean that the secrets are about to come out. The evil is coming out of the darkness.
1. Hester could leave town because she is not as important as Dimmesdale, who would have a hard time leaving because he is a priest. He is also very weak.
2. I think the title represents how happy Hester is when they start with their plans to leave town.
Weak is the perfect way to describe Dimmesdale.
1. Hester is entirely able to leave town whenever she wants, and not be missed. At least, not for some time. The minster, however, would face a multitude of questions and accusations at a sudden will to leave.
2. Sunshine seems to be a recurring theme throughout the book, especially where Pearl is concerned, and since Pearl is what binds them, what better title for the chapter where they feel united?
2. I completely agree that the title of the chapter makes perfect sense.
1. Yes that is very true that Dimmesdales leaving would cause much more of a scene than Hester just because how they are viewed in the community.
2. Yep the chapter title just suits it all so well.
1. Hawthorne points out that no one will question why Hester leaves, but if Dimmsdale does, the town would be confused, and eventually connect the dots.
2. The title suggests that now that they have decided how to deal with the sin and moved on, they are able to relax and be happy.
1. I agree that if Dimmsdale leaves, the town would eventually connect the dots and figure it all out.
2. I couldn't have said it better!
1. Dimmesdale leaving would cause an uproar. He is famous!
1. For the opportunity to travel to Europe, Dimmsdale must become healthy again. And if he went then it would give away that he was the father and leave the town without a priest. But Hester has a wonderful opportunity to leave because she can take care of Pearl and Dimmsdale that way.
2. I think it represents what is really going on in Hester's mind and heart at the time when they decide they all love each other and want to go to Europe.
1. Hester could leave town easily without any suspicions being raised. It would be hard for Dimmesdale to leave because he is a linchpin to the town. Too many questions would be raised in his absence. The last thing Dimmesdale wants is questions.
2. In this chapter sunlight finally touches Hester. The sunshine cover the forest. At that Hester is really free. She is not wearing the letter or the bonnet. Plus she is with the man she loves planning a future where they can be together. It is a chapter full of happiness.
2. Good point! I agree this chapter is just fulfilled with happiness.
1. Hester was prepared to leave town. She had already lived with the guilt of others knowing what she did. The past seven years were not as easy for Dimmsdale. This sin has broken him and he is torn between staying or leaving because in both circumstances he would still feel that sin following him.
2. The chapter is significant because a flood of sunshine shows the happiness that Hester and Dimmsdale have now that they have worked out their pains. Everything is working out and they are starting to let go of their burdens and begin a new life together as a real family.
1. Hawthorne points out that if Hester leaves no one would really notice, as opposed to Dimmsdale, everyone would notice because he is more important who is a priest and is very weak.
2. I think sunshine shows the happiness between Hester and Dimmsdale and how they are now relieve and able to make their plans.
1. Hawthorne points out that it would be much easier for Hester to leave town. Dimmsdale, on the other hand, is weak and couldn't leave as easily since he is the priest.
2. A flood of sunshine shows the happiness and love between Hester and Dimmsdale.
2. "Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber must always create a sunshine..."
2. Exactly, they can finally be happy together
1. Hester is glad to go since she is already considered an outcast. Dimmesdale has the better reputation as minister to the town and questions would be asked about why he is leaving.
2. "A Flood of Sunshine" describes the newfound optimism and hope for a new life between Dimmesdale and Hester.
1. I also agree that Hester would love to leave because she still doesn't fit in with the town.
1. Hester can leave the town without being missed because she has very little ties to the town and has grown independent over the last seven years. Dimmsdale has grown weak and sick over the last seven years which would make it more difficult for him to travel. Dimmsdale also has more ties to the town being a priest.
2. The title shows that Hester finally obtained the "sunshine" she has been after which is the happiness and relief from the weight of sin.
1. Also, Dimmesdale leaving town would raise questions.
1.Hester leaving will not be that big of a deal to the people, but Dimmesdale is famous and loved by everyone. His leaving would create chaos.
2. The title shows that Hester finally got the happiness she has worked so hard to achieve
1. Living on her own for the past seven years, Hester has found a new sense of independence making it easy for her to leave at any given moment. Dimmesdale, being a preacher and quite ill, could not leave nearly as easily or without suspicion.
2. The title represents the joy and excitement the two feel about finally being able to be together.