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S: The Scarlet Letter

BC: Pearl will recall her childhood as being like a dream, being so distant yet so real. When Pearl's child grows older, Pearl will tell her all about her lonely and sad childhood. Until then, Pearl will probably be one of those parents that avoid subjects that are too sensitive like Hester.

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1: Certainly, there was no physical defect. By its perfect shape, its vigor, and its natural dexterity...was worthy to have been brought forth in Eden...to be a play thing of angels...p.82

2: Pearl's own proper beauty..was an absolute circle of radiance around her...in this one child there were many children, comprehending the full scope between the wildflower prettiness... of an infant princess.

5: Pearl remained on the other side of the brook...wild eyes on her mother,..At length, assuming a singular air of authority, Pearl stretched out her hand, with the small forefinger extended, pointing evidently towards her mother's breast. p.188 | Pearl who was a dauntless child, after frowning, stamping her foot, and shaking her hand with a variety of threatening gestures. p. 93

6: He (Heavenly Father) did not send me... I have no Heavenly Father...Tell me. Tell me...It is thou (Hester) that must tell me. p.90 | Above all, the warfare of Hester's spirit...was perpetuated in Pearl. She could recognize her wild, desperate, defiant mood, the flightiness of her temper...and ...gloom and despondency that had brooded in her heart. p. 83

7: Pearl is very perceptive and intelligent. However, she does not easily take to changes that threaten her identity.

8: A Strange Elfish-like child

9: If thou hast any means of pacifying the child, do it forthwith! Save it were the cranked wrath of an old witch, like Mistress Hibbins...In Pearl's young beauty, as in the wrinkled witch, it has a preternatural effect. - Dimmesdale p. 189 | She ran and looked the wild Indian in the face; and e grew conscious of a nature wilder than his own. p.219 | It was a face, fiend-like, full of smiling malice...it was as if an evil spirit possessed the child...p.89

10: Pearl's childhood of isolation from her peer groups and negative reputation as a living symbol of sin might have caused her to leave New England for England. In England, Pearl could have a fresh start. | She represented nothing more to others beside the embodiment of her mother's sin. | Her identity was that of a sin that allowed Reverends to point to her as an example of sin when preaching in CHurch.

11: The austere New England town, no one saw Pearl as someone special, not even her mother who often questioned her whether she was a devil's child and not her own. | Pearl was starved of human companionship, and emotions such as love, friendship, loyalty, trust, etc. | As a little girl, Pearl was ignored, treated in an indifferent manner by the townspeople.

12: Pearl will be a prisoner until she is able overcome her weakness.

13: Pearl's childhood experiences might inhibit her socially. She will be socially awkward or restricted in engaging in social groups. | Pearl in her older years will have a difficult time expressing her emotions, having since youth suppressed them.

14: As a young woman, Pearl will have to learn to be socially accepted, instead of being socially rejected as in her childhood in New England. | England | She will need to learn to communicate with others, act lady like, trust others, love, and express her emotions.

16: Learning from her mother's mistake, Pearl will not commit adultery in her later years. She will most likely wait until she is married and only to her husband. | Pearl will have difficulty with men because throughout her childhood there was an absence of a fatherly figure in her life.

17: Pearl might eventually marry someone only if he excepts her as the child of sin. In short, for who she really is because in her youth, Pearl refused to acknowledge Dimmesdale until he stood on the scaffold with her and Hester.

18: Pearl probably will not take out her anger out on the people of her new community because she was made to feel ostracized by the Puritan NewEnglanders in the New World. | After she overcomes her struggles, Pearl will probably display normality and grow beyond her anger to become a proper young lady.

19: Pearl's antisocial actions might include hostility towards men, distrust of clergymen, and hatred of gossips.

21: Pearl was not only alive, but married, and happy, and mindful of her mother, and that she would have most joyfully have entertained that sad and lonely mother at the fireside. p. 234

22: Due to her mysterious and mystical behaviors as a child, Pearl would play the role as the mystery woman in her new community.

23: So the little child flew away like a bird, and, making bare her small white feet...forth peeped at her, out of the pool...the image of a little maid, whom Pearl, having no other playmate, invited to take her hand, and run a race with her. p. 152 | Pearl was described as a fairy-like creature but also as a devilish child.

24: If Pearl survives and has a child, she will most likely hide the truth as to why grandmother Hester wears a scarlet letter. Pearl follow her mother's example so that her ignorant child remains blissful. | Pearl will most likely explain to her child her grandfather was a very pious Reverend, that all the townspeople loved him, even grandma.

25: Pearl would most likely tell her child the truth when she is older, especially about CHillingworth and Dimmesdale. Pearl will most likely defend Chillingworth as a complex man who appeared to hate her, yet displays great generosity. | Pearl would most likely tell her child that the reason grandmother wears an A because she helps the townspeople with their problems and helps those in need. Pearl will tell her daughter that the scarlet A stands for ABLE.

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