When Chillingworth leaves, Hester goes to find her child and in doing so she thinks about how she hates Chillingworth and how it is a sin to hate. When Hester finds Pearl, she is playing in the water and has made a letter A with seaweed. Hester asks her if she knows what that means and because of Pearl’s age, Hester believes it appropriate to explain to her the true meaning. To Hester’s surprise, Peal has noticed the strange behavior of Dimmesdale and connects it to the letter. Over the course of the next weeks, Pearl keeps resurfacing the minster’s strange behavior and the actions with his heart.