The Scarlet Letter

why does pearl call Dimmesdale a strange, sad man?

chapter 18-21

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I think Pearl nails Dimmesdale's hypocrisy and pain. She sees the sadness in his eyes and the strangeness of his body language. Pearl is a free spirit. She is unabashedly passionate where Dimmesdale is contorted within himself pained by any show of genuine feelings of love or pleasure.