In The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Moore identifies
a possible source for Hawthorne's tale of Lady Eleanore. (courtesy of University
of Missouri Press)
Pride was the primary feature of Lady Eleanore in "Lady Eleanore's
Mantle. Perhaps Hawthorne had heard the story that Dr. Bentley learned from
Susan Ingersoll's mother, that Eleanore Storer came to America to marry her lover.
There was a mix-up and she married Hollingworth instead. But, says Bentley,
"She preserved her ideas of importance, as she never went abroad in the evening,
unless with a servant before, & another behind her" (233).