They were awe-stricken likewise at themselves, because the crisis flung back to them their consciousness, and revealed to each heart its history and experience, as life never does, except at such breathless epochs.
The difference is that Pearl hates her toys. Her past sin is a part of who she is; to pretend that it never happened would mean denying a part of herself. How soon--with what strange rapidity, indeed! Then she was sure of her, and tasted hours of quiet, sad, delicious happiness; until--perhaps with that perverse expression glimmering from beneath her opening lids--little Pearl awoke!
Certainly, there was no physical defect. The frown, the harsh rebuke, the frequent application of the rod, enjoined by Scriptural authority, were used, not merely in the way of punishment for actual offences, but as a wholesome regimen for the growth and promotion of all childish virtues.
If spoken to, she would not speak again. Nothing was more remarkable than the instinct, as it seemed, with which the child comprehended her loneliness: Whenever that look appeared in her wild, bright, deeply black eyes, it invested her with a strange remoteness and intangibility: Yet Hester was hardly safe in confiding herself to that gusty tenderness; it passed, as suddenly as it came.
Whether moved only by her ordinary freakishness, or because an evil spirit prompted her, she put up her small forefinger, and touched the scarlet letter.
This outward mutability indicated, and did not more than fairly express, the various properties of her inner life. Or, if not, thou strange and elfish child, whence didst thou come? Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit, but, by some irregularity in the process of conjuration, has failed to win the master—word that should control this new and incomprehensible intelligence.
It was with fear, and tremulously, and, as it were, by a slow, reluctant necessity, that Arthur Dimmesdale put forth his hand, chill as death, and touched the chill hand of Hester Prynne. She could recognize her wild, desperate, defiant mood, the flightiness of her temper, and even some of the very cloud-shapes of gloom and despondency that had brooded in her heart.
Slowly as the minister walked, he had almost gone by before Hester Prynne could gather voice enough to attract his observation. Not seldom, she would laugh anew, and louder than before, like a thing incapable and unintelligent of human sorrow.
But little Pearl was not clad in rustic weeds. Nothing was more remarkable than the instinct, as it seemed, with which the child comprehended her loneliness: It was a look so intelligent, yet inexplicable, perverse, sometimes so malicious, but generally accompanied by a wild flow of spirits, that Hester could not help questioning at such moments whether Pearl was a human child.The Scarlet Letter By: Nathaniel Hawthorne The Importance of Pearl Pearl is the daughter of Hester Prynne, and Arthur Dimmesdale.
Born through adultery, she is perceived to be a devil child destined for hell, causing her to be in constant battle with the world. She also serves as a representation of. Read VI. Pearl of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The text begins: We have as yet hardly spoken of the infant; that little creature, whose innocent life had sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence, a lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion.
How strange it seemed to the sad woman, as she. XVII. THE PASTOR AND HIS PARISHIONER, Page 1: Read The Scarlet Letter, by Author Nathaniel Hawthorne Page by Page, now. Free, Online. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a book of much symbolism.
One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the illegitimate daughter of Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Throughout the novel Pearl develops into a dynamic symbol; one that is always.
In "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Pearl appears to be so happy out in the woods, she is referred to several times as either an "imp", a "sprite", or an "elf child". This comparison. The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, includes all of these and more.
The novel, which takes place in in Boston, Massachusetts, is a story about a young woman, Hester Prynne, who is found guilty of adultery.5/5(4).Download