Witchy Woman

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"Whether the witch had read the minister's thoughts or no, she came to a full stop, looked shrewdly into his face, smiled craftily, and-though little given to converse with clergymen-began a conversation." (Hawthorne 202)

We haven't seen much of Mistress Hibbins throughout the story however, each time we do see her she is speaking of her dark dealings in the nearby woods, an act of great sin.  And each time she speaks in this story it is to someone who has also committed great sin (Hester and Dimmesdale).  Perhaps she can seek out sin more so acutley than most being that sinful unspeakable acts are as ubiquitous to her as propriety and piety are to others in the town.  Perhaps she is to represent the temptation of sin in regard to her inquiring of both Hester and Dimmedale if they will join her in the woods for one of her sinful nights.

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL266/2009/09/hawthorne_sl4/#comment-16241

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