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Hawthorne links its design to the feverish delirium and death of its creator.

In another description of Lady Eleanore's mantle, Hawthorne links its design to the feverish delirium and death of its creator.

Would, at least, that either painter or mirror could convey to us some faint idea of a garment, already noticed in this legend-the Lady Eleanore's embroidered mantle--which the gossips whispered was invested with magic properties, so as to lend a new and untried grace to her figure each time that she put it on! Idle fancy as it is, this mysterious mantle has thrown an awe around my image of her, partly from its fabled virtues, and partly because it was the handiwork of a dying woman, and, perchance, owed the fantastic grace of its conception to the delirium of approaching death.



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