Detestable Literary Characters Who Are Not Technically Villains

Reverend Dimmesdale (The Scarlet Letter)Reverend Dimmesdale

We can admire Hester for taking her lumps in silence and refusing to name her lover, but she wouldn’t have had to be such a martyr if that coward of the cloth Dimmesdale could have admitted to their community, and to Hester’s obsessively vengeful husband, that he played a co-equal role in the Terrible—and Terribly Hot—Sex that Destroyed Everything (and produced the awesome Pearl).

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