The Scarlet Letter

Who pleads successfully for Hester to keep her child?

chapter eight the elf and the minister

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With nowhere else to turn, Hester begs Dimmesdale to speak for her and her child. He replies by reminding the men that God sent Pearl and that the child was seemingly meant to be both a blessing and a curse. Swayed by his eloquence, Bellingham and Wilson agree not to separate mother and child.