Now Truly Know Me — Chillingworth’s Lament

2008, Revised 2016.

From The Scarlet Letter. Libretto by David Mason (b.1954).

In Act One, scene two of The Scarlet Letter, Hester is found in her jail cell, having just been publicly accused of adultery. Her estranged husband, now calling himself Roger Chillingworth, enters the jail as a doctor to offer assistance to her ailing baby. As the two begin to recognize each other, Chillingworth sings of their past, betraying a vulnerability he will later quell when, in a spirit of frustrated rage, he will seek revenge for Hester’s adultery. — David Mason

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