He loses, in an extent proportioned to the weakness or force of his original nature, the capability of self-support. The merchants-- Pingree, Phillips, Shepard, Upton, Kimball, Bertram, Hunt--these and many other names, which had such classic familiarity for my ear six months ago,--these men of traffic, who seemed to occupy so important a position in the world--how little time has it required to disconnect me from them all, not merely in act, but recollection It is with an effort that I recall the figures and appellations of these few.
Not that the Surveyor brought the lesson home to himself, or admitted that he could be so utterly undone, either by continuance in office or ejectment. But this seldom happens. It would not reflect, or only with miserable dimness, the figures with which I did my best to people it. Whoever touches it should look well to himself, or he may find the bargain to go hard against him, involving, if not his soul, yet many of its better attributes; its sturdy force, its courage and constancy, its truth, its self-reliance, and all that gives the emphasis to manly character.
Surveyor Pue, emphatically nodding the head that looked so imposing within its memorable wig; "do this, and the profit shall be all your own. This envelope had the air of an official record of some period long past, when clerks engrossed their stiff and formal chirography on more substantial materials than at present.
Thus, by an inevitable necessity, as a magnet attracts steel-filings, so did our man of business draw to himself the difficulties which everybody met with. In my contemplation, he stood as the ideal of his class.
The heat that had formerly pervaded his nature, and which was not yet extinct, was never of the kind that flashes and flickers in a blaze; but rather a deep red glow, as of iron in a furnace. It is sadly curious to observe how slight a taste of office suffices to infect a poor fellow with this singular disease.
I must plead guilty to the charge of abbreviating the official breath of more than one of these venerable servants of the republic.
It throws its unobtrusive tinge throughout the room, with a faint ruddiness upon the walls and ceiling, and a reflected gleam upon the polish of the furniture. With the customary infirmity of temper that characterizes this unhappy fowl, she appears by the fierceness of her beak and eye, and the general truculency of her attitude, to threaten mischief to the inoffensive community; and especially to warn all citizens careful of their safety against intruding on the premises which she overshadows with her wings.
To observe and define his character, however, under such disadvantages, was as difficult a task as to trace out and build up anew, in imagination, an old fortress, like Ticonderoga, from a view of its grey and broken ruins. He was interested in Puritan history and the Salem witch trials, as he had at least one relative involved in that tragic event.
At the Instant, I was only conscious that what would have been a pleasure once was now a hopeless toil. An entire class of susceptibilities, and a gift connected with them--of no great richness or value, but the best I had--was gone from me. It was plain enough to discern that the old fellows dreaded some such discourtesy at my hands.
His spirit could never, I conceive, have been characterized by an uneasy activity; it must, at any period of his life, have required an impulse to set him in motion; but once stirred up, with obstacles to overcome, and an adequate object to be attained, it was not in the man to give out or fail.
If the imaginative faculty refused to act at such an hour, it might well be deemed a hopeless case.
Conscious of his own infirmity--that his tempered steel and elasticity are lost--he for ever afterwards looks wistfully about him in quest of support external to himself.The Scarlet Letter, published inis set in Puritan New England in the 17th century.
Exploring the issues of grace, legalism, and guilt, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, a Puritan woman who commits adultry then struggles to create a new life. Source: Hawthorne, N.
(). The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter Study Guide 2 Biography of nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, massachusetts on July 4, His father died when he was only four years old, and Nathaniel grew up with his mother and sisters in Salem and raymond.
Introduction THE CUSTOM-HOUSE. INTRODUCTORY TO "THE SCARLET LETTER" It is a little remarkable, that--though disinclined to talk overmuch of myself and my affairs at the fireside, and to my personal friends--an autobiographical impulse should twice in my life have taken possession of me, in addressing the public.
family, but he became an established major writer on the publication of The Scarlet Letter inand two more romances, The House of Seven Gables inand The Blithedale in He obtained the position of American Consul for Liverpool and Manchester and the family set sail for.
Editions for The Scarlet Letter: (Paperback published in ), (Kindle Edition published in ), (Kindle Edition published in ), The Scarlet Letter 3 of ‘starving for symbols’ as Emerson has it. Nathaniel Hawthorne died at Plymouth, New Hampshire, on May 18th, The following is the table of his romances, stories, and.Download