Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Blithedale Romance. Nathaniel Hawthorne (3).

1852. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc. 1983. (3)

Why read it? Early feminist novel. The obsessive nature of reformers.

Of Hollingsworth: “Such prolonged fiddling upon one string; such multiform presentation of one idea!” p. 680. ………. “How can she [a woman] be happy, after discovering that fate has assigned her but one single event , which she must continue to make the substance of her whole life [while] a man has his choice of innumerable events.” p. 683. ………. “[Robert Burns] was no poet while a farmer, and no farmer while a poet.” p. 689. ………. Grim Silas Foster is your prototype [farmer] with his palm of sole-leather and his joints of rusty iron….” p. 689. ………… Zenobia to Miles Coverdale, the narrator: “And on Sundays, when you put on a blue coat with brass buttons, you will think of nothing else to do, but go lounge over the stone-walls and rail-fences and stare at the corn growing.” p. 690. ………. Of Hollingsworth: “…those men who have surrendered themselves to an over-ruling purpose…have no heart, no sympathy, no reason, no conscience.” p. 693. ………. “She [Priscilla] met with terrible mishaps in her efforts to milk a cow: she let the poultry into the garden, she generally spoilt whatever part of the dinner she took in charge, she broke crockery, she dropt our biggest pitcher into the well….” p. 696.

To be continued.

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