The Scarlet Letter

What would have happened if things had gone the other way?

Scarlet Letter Chapter 8 (VIII) The Elf-child and the Minister

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Pearl would have been taken away from Hester and put in an orphanage of some kind. Being cursed by her mother's "sin" would not have helped Pearl. Separating from Pearl would have been the emotional end for Hester and Dimmesdale's secret would be out.