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Cite some examples of the grim games played by the Puritan children.


Some of the grim games played by the Puritan children are “playing at going to church . . . or at scourging Quakers; or taking scalps in a sham-fight with the Indians; or scaring one another with freaks of imitative witchcraft” (45-6).


More Questions

1. How does Hester account for the aspects of Pearl’s character that trouble her?
2. How does Hawthorne characterize the disciplining of children in the early days of the Boston Colony?
3. Cite some examples of the grim games played by the Puritan children.
4. What was the first object Pearl seemed to be aware of as an infant?