How do the quote of the scarlet letter ," the scarlet letter endowed her with a new sense....a sympathetic knowledge of the hidden sin in other hearts" represent transformation?
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Hester feels validated by her scarlet letter because it represents a love that was real and passionate. She wears it like a badge of honor, which separates her from the hypocritical and secretly envious Puritans. Pearl also has living proof of her "sin", Pearl, which she holds proudly.