The thought occurred to Hester, that the child might really be seeking to approach her with childlike confidence, and doing what she could, and as intelligently as she knew how, to establish a meeting—point of sympathy.
A close examination of Chapter 6, "Pearl," shows the unification of the child with the idea of sin.
Hester, hearing rumors that she may lose Pearl, goes to speak to Governor Bellingham. Pearl is also the conscience of Dimmesdale.As to enmity, or ill-feeling of any kind, personal or political, he utterly disclaims such motives". Did the sun, which shone so brightly everywhere else, really fall upon him? Hawthorne says it is the first object of which she seemed aware, and she focuses on the letter in many scenes. If she ever reveals him, he warns her, he will destroy the child's father. Tempted by a dream of happiness, he had yielded himself, with deliberate choice, as he had never done before, to what he knew was deadly sin. She convinces Dimmesdale to leave Boston in secret on a ship to Europe where they can start life anew. In the forest, this passion can come alive and does again when Hester takes off her cap and lets down her hair. The severity of the punishment inflicted rests solely on the offender, the offense and the society itself. And as for the scarlet letter, I wear it for the sake of its gold thread. Her thinking is free from religious bounds and she has established her own different moral standards and beliefs. Little Pearl! Her conduct starts rumors, and, not surprisingly, the church members suggest Pearl be taken away from Hester.
One can often return to it; it supports familiarity and has the inexhaustible charm and mystery of great works of art. He and Hester have an open conversation regarding their marriage and the fact that they were both in the wrong.
She helps the reader connect ideas that are not obvious. Tormented by his guilty conscience, Dimmesdale goes to the square where Hester was punished years earlier. But Hester ought long ago to have done with this injustice.
Sir Thomas Overbury and Dr. Hester was rejected by the villagers even though she spent her life doing what she could to help the sick and the poor. His choice to construct the book as a romance, as the subtitle of The Scarlet Letter declares it to be, allows his themes to exist as metaphysical truths in ad- dition to psychological ones.
New York: Norton, Dimmesdale believes that the community would be severely disrupted by the revelation that their minister is an abominable sinner, and thus he feels compelled to keep his secret.