Excerpts from essay by John Idol
in Hawthorne and Women edited by Idol and Melinda Ponder on Mary
Russell Mitford’s sympathetic portrayal of Hepzibah
(courtesy of GIVE
Idol says that in Mary RusselL Mitford’s discussion
of The House of Seven Gables, "she expressed a special liking for
Hepzibah, confessing that, once in an effort to support herself in the midst
of financial straits, she had thought of setting up as a shopkeeper herself.
'Ah, I have a strong fellow-feeling for that poor Hepzibah - a decayed gentlewoman,
elderly, ugly, awkward, near-sighted, cross!'" Mitford found Hawthorne's
depiction of both Hepzibah and Phoebe very realistic (146).
Excerpts from essay by Melissa Pennell
in Hawthorne and Women edited by John Idol and Melinda Ponder
which compares Mary Wilkins Freeman’s characters to Hepzibah. Like Hepzibah,
Freeman’s female characters are genteel women struggling to achieve self-worth
in a changing society. (courtesy of GIVE PUBLISHER’S