American bypaths: essays in honor of E. Hudson Long by Eugene Hudson Long, R. G. Collmer

By Eugene Hudson Long, R. G. Collmer

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His disappointment begins almost immediately when he discovers that Michael Johnson's bookstall could not have stood in the marketplace close to the church as he had imagined it because the church is not in the marketplace. He decides that the bookstall could not be near the church but in the middle of the marketplace because "the picturesque arrangement and full impressiveness of the story absolutely require that Johnson shall not have done his penance in a corner, ever so little retired, but shall have been the very nucleus of the crowdthe midmost man of the marketplacea central image of Memory and Remorse, contrasting with, and overpowering the sultry materialism around him" (V, 134).

See Randall Stewart, Nathaniel Hawthorne (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1948), p. 19. 5Nathaniel Hawthorne, The English Notebooks, ed. Randall Stewart (New York: MLA, 1941), pp. 281, 293, 252. Subsequent references to this edition will appear in the text. Page 4 293). On a visit to St. " (p. 223). In early 1855 Hawthorne had viewed a ''stalwart pencil-case" formerly belonging to Johnson and the owner of it mentions having seen "a cracked earthen tea-pot, of large size, in which Miss Williams used to make tea for Dr.

Pride, the root of evil, which separates man from man and man from God, appears in various guises throughout his fiction. Hawthorne, an unusually sensitive man who suffered strong guilt feelings, recognized in Johnson a kindred spirit. 20 "How narrowhow shallow and scanty too," observes Hawthorne in "The Old Manse," "is the stream of thought that has been flowing from my pen, compared with the broad tide of dim emotions, ideas, and associations, which swell around me.... Has the reader gone wandering, hand in hand with me, through the inner passages of my being, and have we groped together into all its chambers, and examined their treasures or their rubbish?

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