What is the significance of Reverend Wilson, Mistress Hibbins, and Governor Bellingham to Hester and/or Pearl in The Scarlet Letter?By 'signifficance' I mean, the impact they had on Hester and Pearl....

What is the significance of Reverend Wilson, Mistress Hibbins, and Governor Bellingham to Hester and/or Pearl in The Scarlet Letter?

By 'signifficance' I mean, the impact they had on Hester and Pearl. Details would be appreciated.

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In Chapter VIII of The Scarlet Letter, Hester is summoned before the secular and spiritual leaders of the community.  At the Governor's Hall, she is to be questioned about her fitness to raise her daughter, Pearl.  In this dramatic chapter, Hawthorne brings together the four main characters of the novel--Hester, Pearl, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth--and other characters, who represent the State, the Church, and the world of darkness.  Here, too, in this chapter, the author illuminates a theme that he develops throughout the narrative:  It is better to sin honestly than to hide sin in order to appear virtuous.

When Hester and Pearl arrive at the Governor's Hall, both Governor Bellingham and "good old Mr. Wilson," the secular and spiritual leaders of the Puritan comunity, delight in Pearl's dazzling appearance that is in sharp contrast to the "sad-coloured garments" of those Puritans gathered outside the prison door in Chapter I.  The...

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