Mud-Slinging In Puritan New England???
" "Behold, verily, there is the woman of the scarlet letter: and of a truth, moreover, there is likeness of the scarlet letter running along by her side! Come, therefore, and let us fling mud at them!" - Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter - Chapter 7
Okay, seriously, who in their right mind says something like that? These characters were CHILDREN, nonetheless!
What did parents teach their children back in the day??
What could be the importance of having children speak this way? Perhaps, in making the children of the village speak in such tongues, Hawthorne is showing that Pearl's childish behavior and her unique personality is supposed to be taken as unusual and a sin. Pearl is, after all, the result of a "sin" committed by her mother, Hester, and the local priest, Dimmesdale, so perhaps her strange elvish behavior is one way that Hawthorne shows the breakage of society's standards.