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usually good-naturedly mischievous

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As one critic has noted, there is hardly a concrete object in the book that does not do double duty as a symbol: the scarlet letter, the sunlight that eludes Hester, the scaffold of public notice, the armor in which Hester's shame and Pearl's elfishness are distorted and magnified--also serve as central symbols in this, the greatest allegory of a master allegorist.
Kudos, too, to costume designer Marie France, who dresses the Borrowers with a witty, ``Oliver-Twist''-from-the-kitchen-drawer elfishness.