"Thy heart must be no longer under his evil eye"
Chillingworth and Dimmesdale - illustration from 1920 edition
Public DomainChillingworth and Dimmesdale - illustration from 1920 edition - Credit: Hugh Thomson
Evil eye
Creative Commons AttributionEvil eye - Credit: ky_olsen

In the Bible, possessors of the evil eye are those who do not put their entire faith in God and are thus benighted with an inner darkness. The Book of Matthew states: “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness” (Matthew 6:22-3). More popularly, the evil eye is understood to be a curse delivered through a hostile or malicious stare which brings ill fortune and injury. Both strands of meaning apply to Chillingworth.