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“‘I am a mother’s child, ‘answered the scarlet vision, ‘and my name is Pearl!’”
While on their way to the Governor’s mansion to deliver clothing, Pearl scares off some children who make fun of Hester, and Hester becomes even more fearful of Pearl.
Hester meets the town fathers in the Governor’s mansion, and they tease Pearl and Hester for wearing the scarlet letter.
“And all this time, perchance, when poor Mr. Dimmesdale was thinking of his grave, he questioned himself whether the grass would ever grow on it, because an accursed thing must there be buried!”
“‘Not so, my child. I shall, indeed, stand with thy mother and thee one other day, bt not to-morrow!’”
Later, Roger Chillingworth met with Dimmesdale in the cemetery, and talked to him. Roger started to think about how Dimmesdale puts his hand over his heart“...when it had now become a constant habit, rather than a casual gesture, to press his hand over his heart? Was he weary of his labors? Did he wish to die?”
So Roger decides to investigate what is wrong with Dimmesdale. Chillingworth goes to Dimmesdale while he is asleep and discovers his scarlet letter under his clothing, proving that he is associated with Hester and that he is most likely the father of her child.
The constant pressing of information from Chillingworth begins to drive Dimmesdale insane - his health deteriorates, he has visions, and he believes his death is near.
When Pearl asks again if Dimmesdale will stand with her and her mother so that everyone can see, he refuses for fear of being exposed in public as Pearl’s true father.
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