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When Governor Bellingham demands to know what Hester can teach Pearl concerning the “truths of heaven and earth,” what does Hester reply?


When Governor Bellingham demands to know what Hester can teach Pearl concerning the “truths of heaven and earth,” Hester replies that she can teach Pearl “what [she] has learned from this!” (in reference to the scarlet letter on her bosom) (61).


More Questions

1. What two contrasting reasons did the church members put forth that would ensure Hester’s losing custody of Pearl?
2. Hawthorne says that the suit of armor hanging in Governor Bellingham’s hall was not meant “for mere idle show.” What does he mean by that?
3. When Governor Bellingham demands to know what Hester can teach Pearl concerning the “truths of heaven and earth,” what does Hester reply?
4. Hester is startled at the change in Chillingworth’s appearance since she last saw him. How has he changed?