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Hawthorne identifies her main personality trait as pride

As he begins to describe Lady Eleanore, Hawthorne identifies her main personality trait as pride, which will ultimately prove to be her undoing.

. . . with some noble and splendid traits of character, Lady Eleanore was remarkable for a harsh, unyielding pride, a haughty consciousness of her hereditary and personal advantages, which made her almost incapable of control. Judging from many traditionary anecdotes, this peculiar temper was hardly less than a monomania; or, if the acts which it inspired were those of a sane person, it seemed due from Providence that pride so sinful should be followed by as severe a retribution.



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