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What are some specific quotes from The Scarlet Letter that describe Pearl as an innocent child?

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While Pearl is the embodiment of Hester Prynne's passionate nature,  she is yet an innocent infant and child in the novel in Chapter IV. Interviewed in prison by her husband who has returned from living with the Indians from whom he has learned of herbs, he offers a draught of a medicinal potion for the ailing infant.  But, Hester fears for the safety of her child,

"Would thou avenge thyself on the innocent babe?" 

Then, in Chapter VI, entitled "Pearl," Hawthorne narrates,

We have as yet hardly spoken of the infant;... whose innocent life had sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence, a lovely and immortal flower.... worthy to have been brought forth in Eden...worthy to have been left there to be the plaything of the angels after the world's first parents were driven out.

When the minister Arthur Dimmesdale appears at the Governor's Hall where Hester and Pearl are already,

the little elf stole softly towards him, and taking his hand in the grasp of both of her own, laid her cheek...

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