The Scarlet Letter Chapter 15
Hester thinks about Chillingworth after they part from their meeting. She recognizes a deep hatred she has developed for the man, and is shocked that she ever tricked herself into thinking she loved him. Images of their marriage give her chills.
Hester then summons Pearl back from her play at the water's edge. Pearl returns, having decorated herself with seaweed, including a bright green "A" laid out on her chest.
When Hester asks Pearl if she knows what the meaning of the symbol is, Pearl responds: "'Truly do I!' Answered Pearl, looking brightly into her mother's face. 'It is for the same reason that the minister keeps his hand over his heart!'" Chapter 15, pg. 166. But, that is all she can say, and Hester refuses to explain any further, despite the fact that Pearl continues to press the subject. Finally, the next morning, Hester yells at Pearl and threatens her if Pearl continues to ask about the letter. Hester tells her she wears the 'A' for the sake of its gold embroidery.