It also seems to be, at times, the light of truth and grace. It is a place where one goes morally astray. The brook itself is a mirror of Pearl.
Similarly, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne also contains many of the same situations and characters with their own symbolic meanings that allow them to express strong and demanding feelings through the symbols that they carry. An allegory in literature is a story where characters, objects, and events have a hidden meaning and are used to present some universal lesson.
The description the soul beheld its features in the mirror of the passing moment compares time to a mirror and the soul contemplating its past as the image that appears on the mirror.
Pearl, like the brook, springs from an unknown source—her mysterious parentage—and flows through a world filled with gloom and guilt. Hawthorne also mentions a fiend that occasionally peeps out of Pearls eyes.
Lasser explains that Pearl knows her mothers deepest feelings in a way uncommon to a child of her age. Arthur Dimmesdale is always seen with his hand over his heart.
Hester is a Fallen Woman with a symbol of her guilt. Perhaps the most dramatic chapters using these techniques are the chapters comprising the three scaffold scenes and the meeting in the forest between Hester and Dimmesdale.
Still later, the letter is an immense red A in the sky, a green A of eel-grass arranged by Pearl, the A on Hester's dress decorated by Pearl with prickly burrs, an A on Dimmesdale's chest seen by some spectators at the Election Day procession, and, finally, represented by the epitaph "On a field, sable, the letter A, gules" gules being the heraldic term for "red" on the tombstone Hester and Dimmesdale share.