Chapter 7 Summary and Analysis
Hester visits the mansion of Governor Bellingham. She brings him a pair of gloves he ordered. She takes this opportunity to speak to him about Pearl. There are rumors that some people in town have conspired to take Pearl away from her, and Hester wants to make sure this won't happen. She finds it strange that Governor Bellingham would involve himself in this matter, or that anyone would try to undermine her rights as a mother.
When Hester and Pearl arrive, a group of Puritan children laugh and throw mud at them. Enraged, Pearl charges at them, scattering the group. She and her mother are then free to enter the mansion, which is a testament to the Governor's great wealth. Inside, Hester speaks to one of the Governor's indentured servants, who tells her the Governor is too busy to see her. Nevertheless, Hester enters, intent on speaking with the Governor.
Hester and Pearl wait in a large room lined with many portraits. There's also a giant suit of armor, which is shiny enough to reflect and distort like a funhouse mirror. Hester's scarlet letter is blown up to exaggerated proportions in this reflection. After a while, Pearl and Hester see the Governor and several ministers walking through the garden to house.