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The Scarlet Letter

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Pearl's removal from Hester

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Some people suggest that,

Pearl is of demon origin and that Hester's soul would be best served if the child were removed. (83)

Based on what you know so far, how is this ironic?

A

Hester is already tainted by sin; there would be no point in removing a demon child.

B

Puritan society has done nothing else to help Hester; removing Pearl would be even worse.

C

Hester is the only thing preventing Pearl from becoming fully demonic.

D

Pearl would behave less like a demon if there was no threat of her removal.

E

Pearl's custody would be given to Governor Bellingham who knows nothing of raising children.