All that Hester has is her daughter Pearl, who is described in great detail in Chapter 6. Described as a beautiful flower growing out of guilty conditions, Pearl is so named because she was “purchased with all [Hester] had – her mother’s only treasure! Given birth during a turbulent time in Hester’s life, Pearl has all of Hester’s moodiness, passion, and defiance. Because, “in giving her existence a great law had been broken,” it is impossible to get Pearl to follow the strict rules of Puritan society Hester loves her child, but worries about her. The narrator describes the child as an “outcast,” but Pearl is even more than an outcast: “An imp of evil, emblem and product of sin, she had no right among christened infants.” Pearl herself knows how diff ent she is from other people. When Hester tries to teach her about God, Pearl says, “I have no Heavenly Father!” Knowing she is alone in this world, she fills it up with her own imagination. Moreover, the very first thing baby Pearl notices is not her m her’s smile, but the scarlet letter on Hester’s chest.
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