This excerpt contains the charge made to Esther Dudley by Sir William Howe, commanding her to guard and preserve the
This excerpt also describes her as "representative of a decayed past," similar to Hepzibah Pyncheon from The House of the
As does House of the Seven Gables, Province House contains a mirror that seems to link together past and present.
Though she tends to be distant from adults, Esther Dudley enjoys the company of children, as this excerpt reveals. She
also becomes a means for
them to learn about the past.
Having waited for years for the return of the royal governor, Esther Dudley prepares to greet the man she mistakes for
him. In this excerpt
Hawthorne presents her feeling of triumph and fulfillment that turns to failure; Hawthorne also shows the republican John Hancock paying her