At the end of The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale is making a speech on the scaffold to the entire town. Full of guilt for the sin he committed with Hester, he rips off his shirt, showing the town that he, like Hester, also has the marking of an A on his chest. In the book though, it says while some people saw the letter, others denied seeing it. At first I was confused, I wondered how some could see the revealed letter and others couldn't. One explanation could be that people liked Dimmesdale so much, that they didn't want to see the letter, so they denied seeing it at all. The people of the town looked up to him as their minister and didn't want to believe he could have done something like this. I feel, though, there could be other theories to why only some townspeople saw the letter. It could be that only the people who saw it had sinned too, not in the same way, but they also had defied their religious rules and the ones who didn't were pure, so they couldn't see how Dimmesdale could have been an adulterer, so they couldn't see the letter at all. Do you have any more theories on why this could have happened?