1: Physical Description | "Certainly, there was no physical defect. By its perfect shape, its vigor, and its natural dexterity in the use of all its untried limbs" "So magnificent was the small figure when thus arrayed, and such was the splendor of Pearl's own proper beauty, shining through the gorgeous robes which might have extinguished a paler loveliness, that there was an absolute circle of radiance her on the darksome cottage floor." -perfect shape and proportions -small figure -pale -emitted radiance -wild eyes
2: How Symbol Is Affected by Society | Society's View: "The truth was that the little Puritans, being of most intolerant brood that ever lived, had got a vague idea of something outlandish, unearthly, or at variance with ordinary fashions, in the mother and child; and therefore scorned them in their hearts, and not unfrequently reviled them with their tongues." The Puritan children reject Pearl along with her mother, they refuse to play with her, and they verbally insult her. Impact On Pearl: " Pearl felt sentiment, and it requited it with the bitterest hatred that can be supposed to rankle in a childish bosom." She felt kind and loving toward the Puritan people along with immense hatred. She was neglected by the society and so she kept herself occupied since she didn't have friends.
3: Quotes for Symbolism of Pearl
4: “Mother,” said little Pearl, “the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. . . . It will not flee from me, for I wear nothing on my bosom yet!” “Nor ever will, my child, I hope,” said Hester. “And why not, mother?” asked Pearl, stopping short. . . . “Will it not come of its own accord, when I am a woman grown?” Explanation: Pearl, is only a child, so she doesn't understand why Hester marking on her chest, so she's questioning her if everyone has one, and if it's a part of being a mature grown adult.
5: “Once this freakish, elvish cast came into the child's eyes while Hester was looking at her own image in them, as mothers are fond of doing, and, suddenly--- for women in solitude, and with troubles hearts, are pestered with unaccountable delusions---she fancied that she beheld, not her own miniature portrait, but another face, in the small black mirror of Pearl's eye.” Explanation: Hester sees herself in pearl, as a reflection in her eyes, as a freaky, evil.
6: “We have as yet hardly spoken of the infant, that little creature, whose innocent life had sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence, a lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion.” Explanation: Pearl is being introduced to the town as being a lovely and immortal flower, bloomed from guilty sin.
7: “On the supposition that Pearl, as already hinted was of demon origin, these good people not unreasonably argued that a christian interest in the mother's soul requited them to remove such a stumbling block from her path.” The significance of this quote is that the townspeople thought that Pearl was being surrounded with witchcraft and should be taken away from her mother.
8: “Here is a friend of mine, who must be thy friend also. Thou wilt have twice as much love, hence forward, as they mother alone could give thee!” The significance of this quote is that Hester wants Pearl to show Dimmesdale, Pearl's father, love even though he will not admire her in front of the township.
9: "But, in truth, Pearl was the one as well as the other; and the only in consequence of that identity had Hester contrived so perfectly to represent the scarlet letter in her appearance." Explanation: Pearl represents her mother's sin by wearing a scarlet dress and being the child that was a result of her crime committed.