By common consent the greatest novel that has been written this side of the Atlantic. It is, as were all Hawthorne's works, a study of the soul of man. There is little incident. What takes place is mostly upon the arena of the heart.
which has since become a city. And here his descendants have been born and died, and have mingled their earthy substance with the soil; until no small portion of it must necessarily be akin to the mortal frame wherewith, for a little while, I walk the streets. In part, therefore, the attachment which I speak of is the mere sensuous sympathy of dust for dust. Few of my countrymen can know what it is; nor, as frequent transplantation is perhaps better for the stock, need they consider it desirable to know.
But the sentiment has likewise its moral quality. The figure of that first ancestor, invested by family tradition with a dim and dusky grandeur, was present to my boyish imagination, as far back as I can remember. It still haunts me, and induces a sort of home-feeling with the past, which I scarcely claim in reference to the present phase of the town. I seem to have a stronger claim to a residence here on account of this grave, bearded, sable-cloaked and steeple-crowned progenitor,--who came so early,
Hawthorne's classic tale about the effects of unconfessed sin set in Puritan New England reminds us of basic truth.
The seemingly holy man was no better than the person cast out of polite society for committing sin. His adversary's power over him ended the moment he confessed his wrongdoing.
The outcast chose to return to the scene of her humiliation to serve out her life in service to others, showing the possibility of redemption for the worst of us. A surprisingly good book even if not required reading this time.
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this is a great book to learn more about puritans and their culture and how nature connects itself with society