The Scarlet Letter

when governor Bellingham recommends taking Pearl from Hester, what argument does she use to have Pearl in her care

what does she say in her defense?

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Governor Bellingham tells her that he thinks it would be better for the child if Pearl were removed from her mother's care. Hester responds that she can teach the child what she has learned from the scarlet letter, at which point Bellingham sternly indicates that the letter is precisely the reason they want to remove Pearl from her care. Dimmesdale finally intervenes proclaiming that God has given Pearl to Hester for some "divine reason".