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Nathaniel Hawthorne
American novelist
(1804-64)



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"On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A.
-- The Scarlet Letter (1850), Chapter II: The Market-Place

My heart was a habitation large enough for many guests, but lonely and chill, and without a household fire. I longed to kindle one! It seemed not so wild a dream.
-- The Scarlet Letter (1850), Chapter IV: The Interview

Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart.
-- The Scarlet Letter (1850), Chapter XV: Hester and Pearl

Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.
-- The Scarlet Letter (1850), Chapter XVIII: A Flood of Sunshine

Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst. The street is Pyncheon Street; the house is the old Pyncheon House; and an elm-tree, of wide circumference, rooted before the door, is familiar to every town-born child by the title of the Pyncheon Elm.
-- The House of the Seven Gables (1851), Ch. I : The Old Pyncheon Family



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