At what point in The Scarlet Letter does Pearl undergo a change and why?

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Pearl undergoes a change when she perceives the difference wrought in her mother after Hester has taken down her hair and removed the scarlet "A." Hester has been speaking with the Reverend Dimmesdale in the forest, and when Pearl returns, Pearl's demeanor changes because "since [she had] rambled from her [mother's] side, another inmate had been admitted within the circle of the mother's feelings, and so modified the aspect of them all" and "Pearl, the returning wanderer, could not find her wonted place, and hardly knew where she was." Seeing her mother so close to another person—when it has always been only Pearl and Hester against the world—shook Pearl to her core. On top of this, she's only ever known her mother to wear her hair hidden under the cap and to wear the scarlet letter; now, with her hair down and the letter gone, Pearl finds her mother to be frightening and foreign.  

As a result, Pearl will not approach her mother and remains on the other side of the brook. She will not...

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