FC: Pearl | The Scarlet Letter
1: In the beginging of the novel Pearl is about 3 months. She named the infant "Pearl," as being of great price--purchased with all she had--her mother's only treasure! Pearl was the only reason her mother felt the need to keep going, The birth of her daughter kept her alive.
2: Hester and Pearl travel to the Governor's mansion to return a now embroidered glove Hester has made for him. The Governor then asks Pearl where she comes from, Pearl tells him "I have not been made at all, but I have been plucked by my mother off the bush of wild roses that grow by the prison-door." | Pearl is very smart and knows how to provoke others.
4: But the child did not see fit to let the matter drop. Two or three times, as her mother and she went homeward, and as often at supper-time, and while Hester was putting her to bed, and once after she seemed to be fairly asleep, Pearl looked up, with mischief gleaming in her black eyes. Pearl was a very persistant child, she wanted to know the true reasoning behnd the scarlet letter.
6: "Mother, the sunshine doesn't love you. It runs away and hides itself ,because it is afraid of somthing on your bosom ... It will not flee from me ,for I wear nothing on my bosom yet!" Pearl shows her playful side and tells her mother that the reason the sun is touching her is becasuse she doesn't hvae an 'A' on her chest. The sun isn't scared of her.
9: It was with a feeling which neither of them had ever before experienced, that they sat and watched Pearl's slow advance. In her was visible the tie that united them. She had been offered to the world, these seven past years, as the living hieroglyphic, in which was revealed the secret they so darkly sought to hide--all written in this symbol--all plainly manifest--had there been a prophet or magician skilled to read the character of flame! Pearl is the physical symbol of the sin.
11: "Our Pearl is fitful and fantastic little elf, sometimes. Especially, she is seldom tolerant of emotion, when she does not fully comprehend the why and wherefore. But the child hath strong affections! She loves me,and will love thee!" Hrster was telling Dimmesdale that Pearl seems like a bad child but really isn't.