Hester mother’s only treasure. Pearl is described to be

Hester named her daughter Pearl because she was her mother’s only treasure. Pearl is described to be full of life and passion, as well as feisty and rebellious. Hester blamed Pearl’s rebellious nature on the fact that her mere existence had broken a law. Learning from her own mistakes and attempting to guide her in the right direction, Hester decided on a tender but strict form of parenting. Yet despite all of Hester’s attempts, Pearl would not listen to her mother unless she felt like it. As she grew up, she was branded an outcast in society. If the children tried to bother her, she would become aggressive and fling stones at them. Ever since Pearl was young, she seemed to always have some sort of fascination with the scarlet letter. While Hester still loved Pearl, she was very concerned about her. One day Hester goes to Governor Bellingham’s house deliver gloves. She’s also there for another reason, which is to find out if the rumors of Pearl being taken away were true or not. The rumor was that if Pearl was a demon, like everybody thought she was, then it was Hester’s Christian interest to take away such a creature from her path to righteousness. On the other hand, if Pearl was actually capable of moral growth, then it would also be in the child’s best interest to be raised by a better model of purity than Hester. Of course as any mother would be, Hester was really concerned to hear about these rumors. Pearl was the only companion Hester had in life and she did not want her to be taken away. Pearl was described to be so full of life and passion and Hester made the comparison that she was the embodiment of the scarlet letter. As they made their way into town, two Puritan children whispered to each other that it was the wearer of the scarlet letter and the scarlet letter by her side, and they decided to throw mud at them. Fearless Pearl could not take this and she screamed and chased them away. Once they reached Governor Bellingham’s house, Pearl began to play with the sunshine, to which Hester scolded her for. Bellingham’s house is described to have a sort of brilliance compared to the other dusty, old Puritan houses along the street. It is compared to Aladdin’s palace. Hester knocked on the large wooden door with the large, iron hammer and in came one of Governor Bellingham’s bond servants, who was born a free man, but had now become a slave for seven years. Hester asks for Governor Bellingham and the servant tells him he is not available, as he is with the ministers and the physician. Nonetheless, Hester enters the house and the bond servant does not oppose her. In the house, there is a row of portraits of old forefathers with the same stern expression, as to criticize and look down upon the sins of men and their pleasures. Pearl points out at a mirror, telling her mother she sees her there. When Hester looked at the mirror, she noticed that the most prominent feature was the scarlet letter, which seemed to be much bigger than it actually was. Hester dismisses her child and tells her to head towards the garden where they will see flowers prettier than the ones they find in the forest. In the garden there were cabbages and pumpkins, as well as rosebushes and apple orchards. The rosebushes and apple orchards were said to be planted to Mr. Blackstone, the first settler in Boston, who rode away on the back of a bull. Similar to the Anne Hutchinson reference made in Chapter 1, the rosebushes seemed to always come from those who are not Puritans. As Pearl saw the rosebushes, she began to cry for a red rose but hester quickly hushed her as the Governor was coming near. In response to her mother trying to quiet her, Pearl let out a scream, but then became silent as she saw these unfamiliar figures approaching.