Governor Bellingham's sister. She invites Hester to a witches' meeting in the woods and becomes the object of Pearl's fascination. She speaks often of the "Black Man," another name for the Devil. She is executed for practicing witchcraft about a year after Dimmesdale dies. Her death shows how merciless Puritan society had become in the name of piety and propriety: the Governor would even order the execution of his own sister.
The The Scarlet Letter quotes below are all either spoken by Mistress Hibbins or refer to Mistress Hibbins. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of The Scarlet Letter published in 2015.).
Chapter 8 Quotes
“Wilt thou go with us tonight? There will be a merry company in the forest; and I well-nigh promised the Black Man that comely Hester Prynne should make one.”
The timeline below shows where the character Mistress Hibbins appears in The Scarlet Letter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Pearl from Hester. On their way out of the Governor's residence, Hester and Pearl see Mistress Hibbins . She invites Hester to a witches' gathering in the woods with the Black Man,... (full context)