What Is The Purpose of the Meteorite Scene? So what does the meteorite scene really mean anyway? Hester and Arthur meet in secret, but little Pearl induces them to all stand on the scaffold together as if to accept the social consequences of their affair. Hester and Arthur want to keep their relationship "in the dark," so to speak, but the meteorite "brings it to light." Rather crudely, the meteorite leaves an "A" in the night sky, as if to remind the two that their affair cannot remain a secret for too long. At least that's the way it reads to me. What do other people think?

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I think that is a reasonable explanation of events.  At the same time, the meteorite is also a sign from God. It is something that cannot be controlled by anyone.  It reminds people that in the scheme of things, they are small and insignificant.

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