In chapter 19, what was the one question Pearl had for her mother after Hester tells her that the minister loves both of them?

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Pearl is slightly confused at this point in the story. For one thing, her mother's stopped wearing the scarlet letter. Pearl has never known Hester without the letter; it's almost become an intrinsic part of her identity. When she stops wearing it, it's difficult for Pearl to accept Hester as...

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Pearl is slightly confused at this point in the story. For one thing, her mother's stopped wearing the scarlet letter. Pearl has never known Hester without the letter; it's almost become an intrinsic part of her identity. When she stops wearing it, it's difficult for Pearl to accept Hester as her mother. Pearl will only cross the brook to come back to her mother if she puts the scarlet letter back on again.

Pearl's also confused by the status of Dimmesdale. She doesn't yet know he's her father, but does sense that there's some kind of emotional connection between him and Hester; that's why she asks Hester if Dimmesdale will return with them to the town. Dimmesdale won't do this, of course, because then his adulterous relationship with Hester will be exposed. Although Dimmesdale shows affection towards Pearl by gently planting a kiss on her forehead, Pearl instinctively sees a discrepancy between Dimmesdale's tenderness towards her and his refusal to accompany her and Hester back to town, so she runs off to the brook to wash Dimmesdale's kiss from her forehead.

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This is the chapter where Pearl gets really mad at her mom when she sees that her mom is not wearing the scarlet letter.  After Hester puts the letter back on, Pearl calms down.  Hester tells her Dimmesdale loves them both.

The only thing that Pearl asks her at this point is whether Dimmesdale will acknowledge that he loves them.  She asks if he will take them by the hands and walk together with them back into the town.  She seems to be implying that, if he does not do that, he does not really love them

"Doth he love us?" said Pearl, looking up with acute
intelligence into her mother's face. "Will he go back with us,
hand in hand, we three together, into the town?"
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