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On Hawthorne's meetings with Margaret Fuller in Concord

On Hawthorne's meetings with Margaret Fuller in Concord from Nathaniel Hawthorne in His Times by James R. Mellow pp. 212-213 (courtesy of the author and Johns Hopkins University Press

In August of 1842, a month after Hawthorne and Sophia moved into the Old Manse in Concord, Margaret Fuller dropped in unexpectedly on the newlyweds.

"Hawthorne walked her [Margaret Fuller] home that evening; she was staying with the Emersons. They stopped to look at the moon, "struggling with the clouds." In his happiness, Hawthorne was confidential. Margaret reported [in her journal]: 'H said he should be much more willing to die than two months ago, for he had had some real possession in life, but still he never wished to leave this earth: it was beautiful enough. He expressed, as he always does, many fine perceptions. I like to hear the lightest thing he says'" (212).

"On the 21st, a Sunday, Hawthorne encountered Margaret again [when he came upon her lying in the woods of Sleepy Hollow as he returned from Emerson's house]… Hawthorne and Margaret had a lengthy and rambling talk 'about Autumn-and about the pleasures of getting lost in the woods-and about the crows, whose voices Margaret had heard---and about the experiences of early childhood, whose influence remains upon the character after the collection of them has passed away-and about the sight of mountains from a distance, and the view from their summits-and about other matters of high and low philosophy'" (213).

…Margaret Fuller, in a journal entry dated Sunday, August 21, suggests a glow of satisfaction [about her encounter with Hawthorne in the woods]: 'What a happy, happy day, all clear light. I cannot write about it…'" (213).




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