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Who thought Hawthorne was not "a handsome man," remembered a social gathering at which Hawthorne looked like ''a rogue who suddenly finds himself in a company of detectives," and then added, "How he buried his eyes in his plate, and ate with voracity! '' 11 Some of Hawthorne's friends felt compelled to justify the feminine components of his temperament and artistry and in the process sometimes drew unnecessarily rigid and sexist distinctions. " In a letter sent to Sophia Hawthorne shortly before the marriage in 1842, Margaret Fuller commented, "If ever I saw a man who combined delicate tenderness to understand the heart of woman, with quiet depth and manliness enough to satisfy her, it is Mr.
Oh! my mouth waters, Little Annie, and so does yours. 6 In The House of the Seven Gables, Clifford Pyncheon, a carefully drawn self-indulgent effete who embodies Hawthorne's awareness of de- Page 14 bilitating aestheticism and the egomania of the artist, derives great pleasure from "his long-buried remembrance" of the street scenes of, obviously, Hawthorne's youth: The butcher's cart, with its snowy canopy, was an acceptable object; so was the fish-cart, heralded by its horn; so, likewise, was the countryman's cart of vegetables, plodding from door to door, with long pauses of the patient horse, while his owner drove a trade in turnips, carrots, summer-squashes, string-beans, green peas, and new potatoes, with half the housewives of the neighborhood.
Hull; John L. ; Gregory A. Johnson, University of Virginia Library; John H. Lamont; William T. La Moy, Essex Institute; Luther S. Luedtke; Arthur Monke; Leslie A. Morris, Rosenbach Museum and Library; Joel Myerson; Irene Norton, Essex Institute; the late Norman Holmes Pearson; L. Neal Smith, associate textual editor of Hawthorne's letters; the late Lola L. Szladits, curator of the Berg Collection; the late Alvin Turner; Thelma Turner; Thomas Woodson, whose editing of Hawthorne's letters is exemplary; and Philip Young.