It is hard for Dimmesdale to confess, however, being a minister; he keeps quiet to continue “working for God. Pearl seemed to know everything about the scarlet letter, including the fact that Dimmesdale was her father, and she persistently burdens both Hester and Dimmesdale more than they were already.
Pearl, sometimes described as worse as a witch, is a young girl, somewhat smart, with wild temper.
Hester, as a single mother of this child, was under heavy stress and guilt.
Hawthorne describes Pearl as “the scarlet letter in another form; the scarlet letter endowed with life” which tells us that when the “A” was just for the public humiliation, Pearl represented the true scarlet being.
Hester knew about Pearl’s over-reacting behavior, but she could not condemn the child.