“For years past she had looked from this estranged point of view at human institutions, and whatever priests or legislators had established; criticising all with hardly more reverence than the Indian would feel for the clerical band, the judicial robe, the pillory, the gallows, the fireside, or the church. The tendency of her fate and fortunes had been to set her flee. The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers–stern and wild ones–and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.”
– Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter – quote
This quote describes Pearl (Hester’s daughter). She’s also the lively, even impish, character (who is also the living representation of THE SCARLET LETTER).