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The Scarlet Letter

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The Significance of Pearl's Name

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What is Hester's meaning behind her daughter's name, Pearl?

A

Pearl's demeanor reflects the "quivering sunshine" from all around her. (74)

B

Pearl was of a "great price" and cost her mother dearly. (74)

C

The whiteness of pearls contrasts with the scarlet letter of which she was a "direct consequence". (74)

D

God has given Hester a reward, a "lovely child". (74)

E

Pearl is a happy reminder of Hester's sinful "guilty passion". (74)