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The most significant symbolic meaning of Pearl in the novel is her association with the scarlet letter A When Hester stood fully revealed before the crowd it is her first impulse to clasp Pearl closely to her bosom not so much by an impulse of motherly affection as that she might thereby conceal a certain token which was wrought or fastened into her dress In a moment however wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another she took the baby on her arm8230 Hester embroidered the scarlet letter with gold thread fantastically and she had allowed the gorgeous tendencies of her imagination their full playing contriving Pearls garb and indeed of the childs whole appearance that it irresistibly reminded the beholder of the token which Hester Prynne was doomed to wear upon her bosom Pearl really was the scarlet letter the scarlet letter in another form the scarlet letter endowed with life Pearl is a girl of rich and luxuriant beauty There was fire in her and throughout her she seemed the unpremeditated offshoot of a passionate moment The Bible says the kingdom of heaven is like merchant in search of fine pearls on finding one pearl of great value he went and sold all that he had and bought itMatthew 13-14 Hester named the infant pearl as being of great price--- purchased with all she had--- her only treasure if Pearl had never been born Hester would have never been found guilty of adultery and thus never would have had to wear that burden upon her chest Without that burden Hester would have led a much better life than the one she had throughout the novel Although Hester has so much trouble with Pearl she still feels that Pearl is her treasure Pearl is really the only thing that Hester has in her life Once and a while Pearl will bring joy to Hesters life and
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