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1: "Mother,...the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom," (Hawthorne 164). | Pearl is the speaker of this quote. There is major symbolism in this quote. The sunshine represents the light of God and purity. The fact that the sun will not shine on Hester is representative of Hester's sin and impurity.

2: "Such helpfulness was found in her - so much power to do and power to sympathize- that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman's strength." | Hester was a new person. She was so helpful to her town that the townspeople changed the meaning of the A to "able" instead of "adultery".

3: “God gave me the child he gave her in requital of all things else, which ye had taken away from me. She is my happiness!- she is my torture and none the less! Pearl keeps me here in life ! Pearl punishes me too, see ye not!, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of life and being loved, and so endowed with million fold the power or retribution for my sin? Ye shall not take! I will die first” | This shows Hester's motherly love and attachment to Pearl, it shows that Hester will always be in Pearl's corner and no matter what happens that Hester is Pearl's rock.

4: "'My poor woman,' said the not unkind old minister, 'the child shall be cared for!-far better than thou canst do it.'" | Mr. Wilson is insulting Hester as a mother. He is saying that someone else would raise her child better than she could. It offends Hester because she doesn't see how could someone raise a child better than their own mother.

5: “What thy evil thing is at hand” | Hester did not have justice during her trial, so every time she would pass the magistrate her bosom would have a slight throb and she would think to herself how the town is so corrupt. This is an underlying insult of the Puritans from Hawthorne.

6: “Mother was that the same minister that kissed me by the brook?” “Hold thy peace, dear little Pearl!...We must not always talk in the market place of what happens to us in the forest.” | Hester does not want someone to over hear and find out about Dimmedale's relationship to Pearl. Pearl is confused because Dimmesdale had kissed her in the forest. Hester is still trying to protect Dimmesdale because she loves him.

7: The End...

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