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Chapter 6 - "Pearl,"

In Chapter 6 - "Pearl," Hawthorne shows the Puritan children imitating their elders and taking vengeance upon their enemies such as the Quakers, witches, or Indians. He has the child behave "savagely" as she throws stones and screams at those who taunt her. He likens her behavior and strange words to a witch. But her behavior could also be likened to an Indian whose language is unknown to the Puritans.

[Pearl] saw the children of the settlement, on the grassy margin of the street, or at the domestic thresholds, disporting themselves in such grim fashion as the Puritanic nurture would permit; playing at going to church, perchance; or at scourging Quakers; or taking scalps in a sham-fight with the Indians; or scaring one another with freaks of imitative witchcraft. Pearl saw, and gazed intently, but never sought to make acquaintance. If spoken to, she would not speak again. If the children gathered about her, as they sometimes did, Pearl would grow positively terrible in her puny wrath, snatching up stones to fling at them, with shrill, incoherent exclamations that made her mother tremble, because they had so much the sound of a witch's anathemas in some unknown tongue.



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