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How is Pearl dressed, and what is her dress compared to in Chapter 7?

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Posted September 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM via web

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How is Pearl dressed, and what is her dress compared to in Chapter 7?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted September 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM (Answer #1)

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As Pearl grows, the narrator describes her imaginative spirit and beauty as well as her apparel. Chapter 7 describes Pearl's attire as "a crimson velvet tunic, of a peculiar cut, abundantly embroidered with fantasies and flourishes of gold thread." Just attire set Pearl apart, as traditionally Puritans dressed in plain and somber colors, without much adornment at all. Pearl is dressed to resemble the scarlet letter itself, a result of her mother's own imagination and creativity. Shortly after the description quoted above, the narrator tells us, "It was the scarlet letter in another form; the scarlet letter endowed with life!" Pearl serves as a constant reminder to her mother of the scarlet letter, and her garments appropriately reflect this fact.

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