When Hester is in danger of losing custody of Pearl, she goes to Governor Bellingham's to plead to keep Pearl. Hester tells the governor that she has learned from her mistake of adultery. The governor quizzes Pearl on her knowledge of religion, asking her where she came from. The correct answer is "God," but Pearl, the wild creature of nature, says she was plucked from a rose bush. The magistrates are horrified and want to immediately place Pearl in other hands.
Hester, desperate, and knowing Dimmesdale is Pearl's father, turns to him and begs him to intercede. He does so, speaking eloquently about Pearl as a blessing to Hester, her "only blessing." Dimmesdale goes on to say that Hester understands that Pearl is a miracle and argues that Pearl was sent by God to lead Hester to redemption. He speaks so movingly that the mother and child are not separated.