Scarlet Letter Chapter 19 (XIX) The child at the brookside
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Pearl demands that her mother put the scarlet letter back on her breast. Pearl cannot imagine her mother without the letter; it may be a centering emblem of security. Pearl also seems to see herself as the living embodiment of the letter, and to throw it away would be to throw her away—remember that to Pearl it is not a badge of shame so much as a badge of love.