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The Scarlet Letter

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Pearl and Her Father

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Why does Pearl hesitate to meet Dimmesdale?

A

Pearl is frightened by his habit of placing his hand over his heart.

B

Dimmesdale has never acknowledged her before, so she is suspicious.

C

Dimmesdale is excited to meet Pearl; this is a deterrent.

D

Dimmesdale acts hesitant and this discourages Pearl.

E

She thinks he has taken her place by Hester's side.