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Why does Pearl tell Hester “the sunshine does not love you”?


Pearl tells Hester that the sunshine does not love her because it is afraid of her scarlet letter, while it does not fear Pearl because she does not wear one yet. Pearl views her mother as characteristic of all adults and does not see the scarlet letter as symbolizing sin, which gives her mother a unique identity in the town. She imagines that once she has grown up, she will wear a scarlet letter on her bosom as well.


More Questions

1. What are Hester’s reasons for not wanting to visit Dimmesdale in his own study?
2. Why does Pearl tell Hester “the sunshine does not love you”?
3. What is Dimmesdale’s initial reaction when Hester reveals Chillingworth’s true identity?
4. Hester urges Dimmesdale to leave Boston and begin a new life. What possibilities does she suggest for his future career?