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Why does Hawthorne include the scene in which,

Pearl takes the hand of Ms. Dimmesdale and lays her cheek upon it? (96)

A

Hawthorne wants the reader to begin to suspect who the child's father is.

B

Hawthorne wants the reader to see that Pearl is capable of gentle emotions.

C

Hawthorne wants to show that Hester is beginning to foster allies in town.

D

Hawthorne wants to show the reader Pearl is capable of gratitude.

E

Hawthorne wants to show that some religious figures in town are capable of compassion.

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