"The spell of life went forth from her ever creative spirit, and communicated itself to a thousand objects"
Pearl’s ability to bestow imaginative life on inanimate objects is indicative not just of witchcraft but also of animism
. According to this ancient religious worldview, it is not just humans who are endowed with souls but also animals, plants and natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and shadows. Animistic beliefs were a key element of paganism