Children are, by nature, incredibly sensitive creatures. They can sense almost any emotion an adult might feel just by observing a particular person?s body language and facial expressions. Such is the case with the youthful Pearl from the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorn. As the daughter of the adulteress Hester Prynne, the townspeople view Pearl as a demon in an angel?s clothing; as an imp who not only knows exactly what the letter “A” signifies on the breast of her mother, but as the demon who placed it there as well. They also believe Pearl uses this information against Hester by constantly mentioning the letter in order to make Hester extremely uncomfortable. This is not true.
” ?Nay, Mother, I have told all I know,? said Pearl more seriously than she was wont to speak??But in good earnest now, Mother dear, what does this scarlet letter mean -and why dost thou wear it on thy bosom -and why does the minister keep his hand over his heart? She took her mother?s hand in both her own, and gazed into her eyes with an earnestness that was seldom seen in her wild and capricious character”.
This dialogue does not seem
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