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Children are by nature incredibly sensitive creatures They can sense almost any emotion an adult might feel just by observing a particular persons body language and facial expressions Such is the case with the youthful Pearl from the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne As the daughter of the adulteress Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale the townspeople view Pearl as a demon in an angels clothing as an imp who not only knows exactly what the letter A signifies on the breast of her mother but as the demon who placed it there as well Nay Mother I have told all I know said Pearl more seriously than she was wont to speak But in good earnest now Mother dear what does this scarlet letter mean -and why dost thou wear it on thy bosom -and why does the minister keep his hand over his heart She took her mothers hand in both her own and gazed into her eyes with an earnestness that was seldom seen in her wild and capricious character This dialogue does not seem to be the words of a demon but a child who is utterly curious about what the letter on her mothers bosom means One must not underestimate Pearls intelligence though In fact Pearl is not the demon many consider her to be instead she is intelligent and sensitive towards her surroundings and can thus understand much about the scarlet letter her mother wears The neighboring townspeoplehad given out that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring such as ever since old Catholic times had occasionally been seen on earth through the agency of their of their mothers sin and to promote some foul and wicked purpose From this statement and many others similar to it throughout the novel many readers are given the impression that Pearl is a possessed child Before any type of statement can be made on Pearls intelligence or sensitivity it is
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