Or—but this more rarely happened—she would be convulsed with a rage of grief, and sob out her love for her mother, in broken words, and seem intent on proving that she had a heart, by breaking it. Yet Hester was hardly safe in confiding herself to that gusty tenderness; it passed, as suddenly as it came. Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit, but, by some irregularity in the process of conjuration, has failed to win the master-word that should control this new and incomprehensible intelligence.
Her only real comfort was when the child lay in the placidity of sleep. Then she was sure of her, and tasted hours of quiet, sad, delicious happiness; until—perhaps with that perverse expression glimmering from beneath her opening lids—little Pearl awoke! Sometimes Hester burst into tears when swept up by this strange spell that so often came between herself and her one treasure, paid for at such a cost. Sometimes Pearl would frown and clench her fists and harden her tiny features into a stern and unhappy expression.
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Often she would laugh again, louder than before, as if she were incapable of understanding or feeling human sorrow. Sometimes—though this happened less often—Pearl would be overcome with grief and cry out in broken words with love for her mother, as though to prove she had a heart by breaking it. But Hester could not trust in that stormy show of affection: It passed as quickly as it came. Her only real comfort came when the child lay peacefully asleep. Then she enjoyed hours of quiet, sad, delicious happiness, until perhaps with that perverse expression glowing in her opening eyes little Pearl woke up!
How soon—with what strange rapidity, indeed! But this could never be. Pearl was a born outcast of the infantile world. An imp of evil, emblem and product of sin, she had no right among christened infants. Nothing was more remarkable than the instinct, as it seemed, with which the child comprehended her loneliness; the destiny that had drawn an inviolable circle round about her; the whole peculiarity, in short, of her position in respect to other children.
Never, since her release from prison, had Hester met the public gaze without her. She saw the children of the settlement, on the grassy margin of the street, or at the domestic thresholds, disporting themselves in such grim fashion as the Puritanic nurture would permit; playing at going to church, perchance; or at scourging Quakers; or taking scalps in a sham-fight with the Indians; or scaring one another with freaks of imitative witchcraft.
Pearl saw, and gazed intently, but never sought to make acquaintance. If spoken to, she would not speak again. But this could never be! Pearl was born an outcast from that world. As an evil sprite, a symbol and product of sin, she was not allowed to mingle with the baptized children. Nothing was more remarkable than the instinctual way Pearl seemed to understand her place among other children. Since the time Hester had been released from prison, she had never walked in public without Pearl.
They played whatever dull games their Puritan upbringing allowed: pretending to go to church, taunting Quakers, taking scalps in an imaginary fight against the Indians, or scaring one another with make-believe witchcraft. Pearl stared intently at them, but she never tried to introduce herself. She would not reply if spoken to.
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And if the children gathered around her, as they sometimes did, Pearl would become absolutely terrifying in her puny wrath. She would pick up stones to throw at them and make incomprehensible shrieks that made her mother tremble because they sounded like the curses of some alien witch. Read the Summary of Chapters 5—6.
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And after this manner do I write concerning them. And I have declared it in all my days, and have rejoiced in it above that of the world. And I rejoice in the day when my c mortal shall put on d immortality , and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the e mansions of my Father.