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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 Similarly is the case with the youthful Pearl from the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne As the daughter of the adulteress Hester Prynne the Puritan community views Pearl as a demon in an angels clothing as an imp who not only knows what the letter A means on the chest of her mother but as the man who put it there as well They also believe Pearl uses this information against Hester by constantly pointing out and talking about the letter in order to make Hester feel extremely uncomfortable but this is not necessarily true Nay Mother I have told all I know said Pearl more seriously than she was wont to speakBut 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 Hawthorne 175 This dialogue does not seem to be the words of a demon but a child who is very curious about what the letter on her mothers bosom means One must not underestimate Pearls intelligence though In fact she is not the demon that many consider her to be but instead she is intelligent and sensitive towards her surroundings and can understand much about the scarlet letter her mother wears -the talk of the neighboring townspeoplehad given out that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring such as ever since old Catholic times had occasionally been seen
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