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Liberation out of Sin through Pearl in The Scarlet Letter 'This child. Hath come from the hands of God, to function in a variety of ways upon her heart. It was intended for a blessing, for the one blessing of her life! It was meant, doubtless. For a retribution also; a torture to be felt at many an unthought-of minute; a pang, as sting, an ever-recurring agony, in the midst of a troubled joy!" (Hawthorne 105) That, as Arthur Dimmesdale nearly inhabitable expresses in the early scenes of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, was the function of Pearl, the elfish child borne of his and Hester Prynne's guilty passion. Much like Paul's thorn in the flesh, Pearl would bring trouble, heartache, and frustration to Hester, but serve a constructive goal lying beyond the everyday provocations of her childish impishness. While in most respects a tormentor into Hester, Pearl was also her savior, even though a reminder of her guilt, a promoter of honesty and accurate Virtue; and while an embodiment of Hester's worst attributes, a vision of a better life for Hester and for himself. From the very beginning of The Scarlet Letter, while Hester is shamed by having a baby as concrete proof of her sin and shame, the responsibility of caring for Pearl and raising her with love and wisdom functions to calm the rebellious, destructive passion of Hester's nature and to save her from its crazy, distressed promptings. This sentiment is poignantly portrayed in Hester's visit to the Governor's mansion. While there, she pleads with the Governor, magistrates, and ministers that she be permitted to stay Pearl, exclaiming, 'She is my joy! - She's my torture, none the less! Pearl keeps me here in life! Pearl punishes me also! See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only...