The Scarlet Letter

What does the meteor symbolize?

Scarlet Letter Chapter 12 (XII) The Minister’s Vigil

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This shows up when Dimmesdale, Pearl and Hester stand on the Scaffold. This is sort of a family cleansing. The meteor seems to spell an "A" in the night sky. Does it mean "angel", "adulterer" or "able". That is open for speculation.