The Burning Question
I think the silent partner suffers the most because, first of all, Pearl doesn't understand anything that is going on. I mean, she has an idea, but she doesn't know the full truth. So, although she is suffering, she doesn't know it, so it doesn't effect her. They all suffer in their own way; however, Dimmesdale is the one who is suffering the most because he is keeping it bottled inside. I know from experience that to keep something bottled inside is worse than just coming out and telling the truth. To let go of that specific thing would take a lot off one's shoulders. Another thing is that once you obtain that guilt, you begin to lie to protect yourself from being noticed. But what one doesn't realize is that once you lie you will have to lie again to protect that lie. This causes a lot of stress on a person, and Dimmesdale has a great amount of it. He treasures his career and lies to protect it, but in return is actually hypocritical being that he is a pastor and is supposed to be a role model for all the towns people. He suffers for being selfish and not just coming out and telling everyone that he was the father of Pearl.