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A ’melancholy’ author writes a sweet romance

Hawthorne’s Humor Through Quotes: #3
By: Rae Padilla Francoeur

Nathaniel Hawthorne called “The House of the Seven Gables” a romance, and it certainly has its share of touching moments between Phoebe, a lovely young woman, and a talented, stalwart man named Holgrave. He tells Phoebe, during an evening spent in The Gables’ garden: “Moonlight, and the sentiment in man’s heart responsive to it, are the greatest of renovators and reformers.” Phoebe replies: “I love to watch how the day, tired as it is, lags away reluctantly, and hates to be called yesterday so soon.”

Together, this pair savors a special moment that Hawthorne brings to life beautifully.

Date: July 22, 2022

Author: Hannah Kogut


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