Day after day she looked fearfully into the child's expanding nature, ever dreading to detect some dark and wild peculiarity that should correspond with the guiltiness to which she owed her being.

from Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter (Chap. 6) on Rap Genius

Meaning

BAD MOM: Hester is essentially holding her Pearl as a symbol of her own guilt (child is gonna need years of therapy..)

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