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S: Strucaly and Elliot

BC: Now, and forever more, Hester,Pearl, Ruby, and Dimmesdale live happily ever after in a better place.

FC: The Story of a Pearl

1: "An object to remind him of the image of Divine Maternity...but only by contrast, of that sacred image of sinless motherhood, whose infant was to redeem the world.Here, there was the taint of deepest sin in the most sacred quality of human life, working such effect, that the world was only the darker for this woman’s beauty, and the more lost for the infant that she had borne" (53). | The Mother of this child- stood fully revealed before the crowd... as that she might thereby conceal a certain token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another.." (50).

2: Once upon a time, in a land of the Puritans embarking on a new world, there was a child named Pearl "whose innocent life had sprung...a lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion" (81). She had great passion, as Hester Prynne's treasure. Her black eyes and resemblance of evil made her an outcast among the other infants in Puritan society. Pearl is often amused by her mother's Scarlet Letter and tortures her mother by throwing weeds at it. When Hester heard her daughter would be taken from she goes to the governor's hall to convince the Governor to let her keep Pearl, as Hester's constant reminder of her sin.

3: "She made the somber crowd cheerful by her erratic and glistening ray; even as a bird of bright plumage illuminates a whole tree of dusky foliage by darting to and fro, half-seen and half concealed amid the twilight of the clustering leaves" (218).

4: Pearl shows her intelligence enables her to recognize the "Black Man" (Chillingworth) and when she sees the Scarlet Letter made out of seaweed in the brook in the forest.

5: When Pearl sees her mother take of her precious Scarlet Letter Pearl does not accept it. Being HEster's constant reminder of her sin, Pearl forces her mom to put it back on. Pearl kisses her mother when she puts the scarlet letter back on and kisses the "A" too. | "But then- by a kind of necessity that always impelled this child to alloy whatever comfort she might chance to give with a throb of anguish- Pearl put her mouth, and kissed the Scarlet Letter too!" (190).

6: When Dimmesdale returns from the woods he has many temptations along with his rejuvenation but has a new sense of life and felt less sorrow.

7: Pearl has the urge to kiss Dimmesdale, although she refuses in the woods. Pearl and Dimmesdale's kiss is a sign of forgiveness.

8: Bon Voyage!

9: After Dimmesdale FINALLY confesses to adultery with Hester he dies.Hester and Pearl leave as planned.

10: Pearl and Hester move to England and Pearl marries a minister with similar features as Dimmesdale. | Dale Huntington, Pearl's wife and minister of the church.

11: Pearl and Dale have a baby named Ruby Because she was their jewel and treasure. "And once, Hester was seen embroidering a baby-garment..."(234). | "But she named the infant 'Pearl,' as being of great price ,- purchased with all she had, - her mothers only treasure!" (81).

13: Because of Pearl's past, like when she fights with another young boy, she has resentment for the people that called her "unhuman." Pearl is seen "cursing" people in public, while she was really just praying for her mom.

14: Dale begins accusing Pearl of witch-craft and threatens to tell the public and have Pearl killed. Pearl leaves and goes back to New England so she can avoid any future agony with Dale or any other men like her mother experienced. | WITCH!!!!!

15: Pearl Changes her name to Margarite. | Bon Voyage!

16: Margarite and Ruby

17: Margarite tells Ruby that her father, Dale, is the black man, but Margarite has yet to tell Ruby of her childhood because Hester never told Pearl the truth. Ruby then comes to accept that God is her father.

18: In order to prove to herself that she was never a witch, Margarite submits herself to God, moves into Hester's old cottage, and completes Hester's unfinished work with the poor.

19: "She had returned, therefore, and resumed, -of her own free will, for not the sternest magistrate of that iron period would have imposed it,- resumed the symbol we have related so dark a tale" (234).

20: By finishing her mother's work with the poor, Margarite feels complete and full as if she does not want to go on any further. One day, she brings her daughter to the brook where she has once found a seaweed "A" and where much of her child played out. She holds her Ruby close to her bosom and they drown together in peace.

21: As legend goes, Pearl and Ruby will haunt the forest that Mistress Hibbins, the town "witch" when Pearl was a child, deemed evil.

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