1: Hester Prynne is the main character in the story. She has many struggles throughout the book because of her sins and her affair with Arthur Dimmesdale. | This is Hester with her daughter Pearl.
2: Pearl is the daughter of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, She is a very curious, mischievous, and beautiful little girl. | People start referring to Pearl as the demon child.
3: Arthur Dimmesdale is the reverend in the town who secretly has an affair with Hester Prynne. Arthur's main struggle in the story is shame because of what he did with Hester and for letting her take all of the blame for it.
4: Robert Chillingworth was once Hester's husband until he abandoned her. In an effort to get revenge on Hester and her lover, he sneaks around and interrupts her plans to escape.
5: Mistress Hibbins is another outcast in the story because she is believed to be a witch. She is a very dark and scary person.
6: In the beginning of the book, Hester is forced to stand on the gallows in front of the whole town to pay for her sin of adultery. Alone and helpless, she takes the fall all by herself for this punishable act, while the other guilty party is standing somewhere in the crowd.
7: While Hester is being locked away in her prison cell, she gives birth to Pearl. The townspeople don't like the child at first because they believe she is the product of sin and even a "devil" child.
8: After constant self abuse, Arthur Dimmesdale cannot take his guilt any longer. One night, he goes and stands on the gallows, and surprisingly, Hester and Pearl come and join him. A meteor comes and lights up the sky, causing an A shaped figure to appear in the clouds.
9: One afternoon, after telling Pearl to go play, Hester meets with Dimmesdale in the woods. They come up with a plan to run away to England together, along with little Pearl.
10: On a visit to the governor's house, Hester learns that the people have been talking about taking Pearl out of Hester’s care. In an effort to stop this, Hester argues that Pearl has a kind heart and that she will teach her to be like the other Puritan children.
11: A river runs through the forest where Hester and Arthur meet. After talking, Hester calls Pearl over, who is on the other side of the river. It symbolizes a separation between Pearl and Hester after Hester takes off her letter. Pearl is defiant about crossing the river until her mother replaces the letter.
12: Hester and Pearl live in a small cottage in the woods, away from the rest of society. This is probably due to the fact that they are outcasts and don’t belong with everyone else. Hester spends a lot of time in the cottage, sewing things for people in the town.
13: The gallows are what Hester was forced to stand on in the beginning of the book as punishment for committing adultery. Later on, Dimmesdale stands on the gallows because of his guilt. Pearl and Hester join him and they form an “electric chain”.
14: Before giving birth to Pearl, Hester spends her confinement in prison. She ends up having Pearl while she is still in jail, but is released later on, after standing on the gallows.
15: The woods are the setting for when Hester and Arthur meet. While in the woods, Hester tells Arthur about Robert being her husband, and they devise a plan to run away together.