Monsieur du Miroir

Monsieur du Miroir
from Mosses from an Old Manse

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Monsieur du Miroir by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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that face and form, which, more truly than the lover swears it to his beloved, are the sole light of his existence,--when they shall be laid in that dark chamber, whither his swift and secret footsteps cannot bring him,-- then what is to become of poor Monsieur du Miroir? Will he have the fortitude, with my other friends, to take a last look at my pale countenance? Will he walk foremost in the funeral train? Will he come often and haunt around my grave, and weed away the nettles, and plant flowers amid the verdure, and scrape the moss out of the letters of my burial-stone? Will he linger where I have lived, to remind the neglectful world of one who staked much to win a name, but will not then care whether he lost or won?

Not thus will he prove his deep fidelity. O, what terror, if this friend of mine, after our last farewell, should step into the crowded street, or roam along our old frequented path by the still waters, or sit down in the domestic circle where our faces are most familiar and beloved!

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