In his book Hawthorne's Faust, William Stein proposes that the story
of Lady Eleanore is a metaphor for the powder-keg atmosphere of the pre-Revolutionary
colonial period.(courtesy of Archon
Books/Shoe String Press)
"The pride of Lady Eleanore Rochcliffe . . . symbolizes the
hell-inspired harshness of the British agents ruling the American colonies.
By retelling history with this pardonable democratic bias, Hawthorne succeeds
in representing the courage that went into the founding of the republic"