The Scarlet Letter

What do Pearl's clothes suggest about her character?

What do they say about her

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Pearl's clothes represent her as an extension of Hester's passions both in beauty and in deed. Hester draws disdain from the community by dressing Pearl in gold and red, both colours of her Hester's own "shame". Even when Hester visits the Governor to beg for Pearl to stay with her, she dresses her in a crimson velvet tunic. Pearl's clothes are part of the imagination and passion that give Hester her vivid colour while the rest of the village seems to be in black and white.